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The sword, which may hang between the legs of the figure on the ivory tablet, might correspond with a feature of the Orion constellation.
Why do we not accept that stone age man/woman couldn't work out the patterns in the sky.
Originally posted by 2theC
reply to post by pluckynoonez
well, yes in a way. we use the term in a derogatory sense.
But hey how do we know how they smelt?? Or what they looked like either.
They could have been sweet smelling, intelligent, sexy, skin wearing retro sexuals!
We can maybe start to see them from the inside out, by looking at their outside in.
[edit on 15-6-2009 by 2theC]
Astronomy or Astrology, maybe both. But its seems to be getting clear that our ancestors mapped the heavens to navigate through the seasons and life itself.
For most caves, portable lights were used, most likely in the form of torches. To infer what method was used for lighting, let our attention fall on another Paleolithic cave, Altamira. As with Lascaux, bones were left near the cave walls. Although Breuil suggested that the bones, filled with bone marrow, blood, resins were used to bind the pigment to the wall, scholar Matilde Muzquiz Perez-Seoane suggests that in fact the marrow was used for lighting. A clay pot or bone holding marrow could use a plant fiber for a wick. Her studies indicated that these “torches” did not produce soot, which would have harmed the paintings over time, but the flame was somewhat unstable. The use of at least three torches would provide a steady glow to work by.
Caves of Lascaux
The prehistoric men of Lascaux made use of lamps with tallow, the ones nonworked, the others worked. The first, found in great number on the site, are generally of vulgar stones limestones to concave face dug of a natural basin; visible traces of ashes, soot, coal and rubéfaction attest of their use at ends of lighting. The seconds are extremely rare; of the two witnesses delivered by Lascaux, there remains only one lamp today, left roaster machine in the shape of racket, finely cut in pink sandstone. In addition to the lamps, Magdaléniens de Lascaux undoubtedly used torches and fires of lighting.