reply to post by Ophiuchus 13
there is an absolute wealth of evidence that they are graves. they are wonderful monuments and do not need dressing up with other ideas that have no
evidence for them whatsoever, especially when if one thinks them through, the "other" ideas do not stand up to examination
to deal with some general point in this thread.....
food storage: the decomposing meat would produce gradually more heat, thus excellerating the process, and while they may be safe from bears....
worms, rodents, insects, and possibly cat/dog sized creatures would have a field day. hunter/gatherer societies tend to take what they can carry,
which would last a long time anyway - observing the behaviour of modern/recent stone age societies back this up. also it is far more efficient to
store your meat by hanging it in the roof of your thatched hut/roundhouse, where the smoke from the fire collect before filtering through the thatch,
this process will dry and cure/smoke it thereby ensuring it lasts, keeping flies away due to the smoke, and allowing easy access and monitoring of how
much you use.
protection: why trap your self somewhere? as already pointed out fires would smoke you out, or bake you out, and a patient enemy would just out wait
you or dig you out (in about 3 hours)
the anastasia thing: sorry but i saw some of those books a few years ago, and manners prevent me from commenting further.
a dwelling: too small, too much effort when we have so many examples of human dwellings there and around the globe.
protection from super volcanoes: c'mon man
...if it was a fogou, maybe just maybe i would give you that, if we were not 1000's of years off
other reasons except a grave: anyone care to consider that we have evidence they were graves? such structures have been broken open world wide, both
in the past (well documented) and in very recent and current excavations! human remains, grave goods etc... why the dislike of evidence that amounts
seriously folks, read the thread, read the links, follow the info - it's archaeology, not brain surgery.