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Cave Paintings May Prove Early Mans' Resources Mismanagement.

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posted on Nov, 23 2010 @ 03:19 AM
Environmental resources mishandling mightn't be anything modern. Over hunting of deer may have lead to early cultures collapse.

Even after all this time we still haven't learnt a bloody thing.

Is history always set to repeat itself?

Robert "Ernie" Boszhardt stumbled 12 years ago upon a sight many Wisconsinites hope to see this weekend deer.

But Boszhardt wasn't hunting in the woods. He was 150 feet inside a sandstone cave in the Kickapoo Valley, his flashlight in the damp darkness revealing 20 figures drawn upon the stone.

The abstract designs inside Tainter Cave were of hunters with bows and arrows, taking aim at deer - some with images of fawns in their abdomen.

And they weren't the spray-painted graffiti he so commonly encountered on cave walls in Wisconsin, but the remnants of a culture that lived in the region roughly 1,000 years ago.

"You're staring at this wall in wonderment," Boszhardt said. "I knew it was old, but what did it mean?"

[b]Moderator note: don't copy the whole article, please. That's against our rules -- and the rules of their site, too! [/b]
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posted on Nov, 23 2010 @ 08:56 AM
Great story. I would hope that stories such as this would help revise some people's naive views on native Americans. They were just as capable as anyone of overusing their resources and bringing on their own demise through uncontrolled growth. The evidence is clear that many times since the last ice age native Americans decimated local wildlife populations and were forced to move on. Any cultures large enough to build mounds would have been likely candidates for such a scenario,

posted on Nov, 23 2010 @ 09:55 AM
I'm very suspicious of that site.

In the first place (and they admit it) the depiction is a modern interpretation of Native American art -- so they're not even showing the original.

In the second part, that's not news. Primitive man was NOT some sort of eco-warrior. They deliberately burned grasslands (and probably forests, by accident) in order to stimulate growth of plants they wanted. Their toilets were simply a section of land near the camp (nobody cared if it was near water or not) that was convenient. We can find their seasonal campsites by the trash that they threw around their dwellings. And their hunting techniques... they would stampede entire herds of anything they could encircle over cliffs and take as much meat as they could carry, leaving the rest to rot and die.

They had no way of counting how many of a species were left, or establishing what habitats supported the local animals. In Costa Rica, when game of a certain type got scarce, the shamans would send their spirits out and tell the animals to hide and the people to not hunt that kind of game. That was a kind of management, but this wouldn't affect their cutting down forests that were essential habitats and polluting the areas.

The only thing that really kept them from being a bigger disaster than modern man was that they lived in small groups.

Oh... and they didn't need cave paintings, which often seem to represent something spiritual and not physical (like a wish for a successful hunt; not a tally.) They have the witness of bones, of trash heaps, of fires, and many other things. To use cave paintings to prove anything about land management practices is really rather silly.
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posted on Mar, 10 2011 @ 07:31 PM

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posted on Mar, 10 2011 @ 07:40 PM
comon that sounds like its being stretched some .
hows one picture of what couldve been just a good day the natives remebered.
doesnt really seem like credible evidence of mis management or whatever u want to call it

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