Originally posted by selfisolated
I know its a weird thought but it popped into my head just now.
I like to think that there has been advanced past civilisations etc., but the lack of evidence is mind-boggling.. but quite reasonable, had there been
a great flood, or nuclear war, or something that knocked man back by 10,000 years... (the Eiffel Tower wouldn't be there in 1000 years if there were
no people around, would it?)
Yes, actually, it would... or at least enough of it to know what was there. Same goes for 100,000 years and longer.
And no, there hasn't been a "previous civilization" unless they suddenly landed from somewhere and set up a floating eco-perfect set of cities in
the atmosphere. Humans didn't "rise and fall" in a long set of cycles.
So maybe cave paintings are the remnants of ancient teenage vandals?
Speaking as someone who studies this stuff (and is writing a scholarly paper on it), the answer is "in general, no."
The locations are usually regular habitations (such as the Seminole Park cave shelters:
), or sacred spots in very hard to get locations such as Painted Rock (
-- one place I did some research on) and Painted Cave (
) or the umbilical cord holes in Hawaii (
-- also been to this one).
They are also found at traditional trade route crossings www.nps.gov...
-- while some are clearly graffiti (particuarly the Christian
symbols), others have meaning (like the parrots... since the place was on a route where the Pueblos traded for parrot feathers in pre-Columbian
In those days and those cultures, a youth was considered a "man" or a "woman" by age 13. Far from being "bored teenagers", those teens would
have babies to care for and game to hunt to feed their families and tribal responsibilites. Hunting and gathering took most of the day in many areas
and were often unsuccesful (not everyone got a deer every day... or every week.) When not hunting or gathering, they had to make things to carry food
in (baskets/pottery), plant vegetables (if their tribe did any kind of farming), raid other tribes, prepare meals, make hunting weapons, prepare
traditional medicines... and so on and so forth.
They didn't have time to be bored, and they were usually dead by age 30 or 40.