a reply to: skalla
I found out about the LionMan many years ago, but I shall check out your thread.
Thanks for the additional information regarding the sculpture! I shall definitely research it in more depth. As an artist of various forms myself I
find great joy in seeing some of the skilled work of our ancestors.
I guess my point about the LionMan was to do with the fact that we showed what I dare call 'advanced' art around 40,000 BC (including all the other
ivory carvings you mention) that we do not witness again for 10,000s of years. Please correct me if I'm wrong?
I believe the next significant find of detailed figurines comes in the form of the 'Venus figurines', from around 20,000-30,000 BC if I'm correct,
although in my opinion they come nowhere close to the craftsmanship of the LionMan.
To rephrase, the LionMan is ample evidence that different 'groups' of humans were excelled in a multitude of different skills at different times in
our history. It is slightly opposing to the commonly taught 'linear' patten of human growth. I honestly believe our history on this Earth is much more
complex than we currently know.
That's not to suggest that there was a super-advanced space-faring race on Earth in the past, but the possibility that civilisations rose to the level
of the ancient Egyptians (for example) at some point 50,000 to 100,000 years ago or so. It really is a fascinating subject.
I'd love to see our whole history as humans on this Earth more so than any future event. There is much more mystery than we'd like to admit to be
honest - although I'm sure you know this.
We're not even entirely sure about the ancient Egyptians, 5000 years ago, let alone the full picture of what happened in the preceding 200,000 years.
For example, our only true source on the great pyramid/sphinx (Herodotus' dialogue with an Egyptian high priest) presents us the idea that they were
both built by 'Shepard Kings' before the 1st dynasties of Egypt!
There's so much mystery to unravel! Thanks for filling out more blanks for me.
edit on 22-8-2014 by DazDaKing because: (no reason