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The faded images were found in Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau and are believed part of the most widespread collection of such art ever found in the U.S.
Originally posted by punkinworks10
reply to post by Blackmarketeer
Right on ,
They might be the oldest where they are at but I think the title goes to rock art in Brazil.
I'll look up the site, but it has occupations going back 30k years.
It's still awwome s and f.
Originally posted by rickymouse
reply to post by Blackmarketeer
It almost looks like they had cans of spray paint S&F for the info.
Notice how the dogs in the picture have their tails pointed forward. Friends. If a dog or wolf is aggressive, it usually has it's tail back and low.edit on 18-6-2013 by rickymouse because: (no reason given)
The mountains,, river and gap were all discovered by a party of Virginians in 1748, and named in honour of the victor of Culloden, William,, duke of Cumberland.
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
reply to post by Astyanax
You're right it doesn't really compare to the cave art from Lascaux aesthetically, and of course isn't nearly as old, but then caves in France weren't that far from the cradle of humanity in Africa, where as the American continent is among the last places humans arrived at, a mere 13-15,000 years ago, so in some respects this cave art reflects the spread of humankind and the differences in development of pockets of humanity. This cave art, according to the report, is about 6,000 years old, yet it shows some stylistic similarities to Mississippian art from 1200 AD, still the same subject matter (dogs, etc.) over a 5,000 year span. Interesting yes, alas not Lascaux interesting...
Pending further research and considering that dog DNA contains a lot of noise due to frequent hybridization, a hypothesis should be entertained that pre-Columbian dogs are direct descendants of the earliest domestication event that took place in the New World and the Altai dog is the early Old World offshoot from a New World source of canine domestication.
They're about the only domesticated animal Native Americans had, other than some turkeys.
While not as widespread as in other areas of the world (Asia, Africa, Europe), native Americans did have livestock. In Mexico as well as Central America, natives had domesticated deer which was used for meat and possibly even milk. Domesticated turkeys were common in Mesoamerica and in some regions of North America; they were valued for their meat, feathers, and, possibly (though less likely), eggs. There is documentation of Mesoamericans utilizing hairless dogs, especially the Xoloitzcuintle breed, for their meat. Andean societies had llamas and alpacas for the same reasons, as well as for beasts of burden. Guinea pigs were raised for meat in the Andes. Iguanas were another source of meat in Mexico, Central, and northern South America.
When the early Spanish explorers first visited what is now the southeastern United States, they encountered native Americans who raised semidomesticated deer. Men from De Soto's expedition reported that in Ocale, an Indian town in northern Florida, "there is to be found . . . fowls, a multitude of turkeys, kept in pens, and herds of tame deer that are tended."2 According to the 16th-century Spanish historian Gómara, in Apalachicola (what is now the state of Florida), "there are very many deer that they raise in the house and they go with shepherds into the pasture, and they return to the corral at night."3 Another early historian of Spain, Peter Martyr d'Anghiera, recorded: In all these regions they visited, the Spaniards noticed herds of deer similar to our herds of cattle. These deer bring forth and nourish their young in the houses of the natives. During the daytime they wander freely through the woods in search of their food, and in the evening they come back to their little ones, who have been cared for, allowing themselves to be shut up in the courtyards and even to be milked, when they have suckled their fawns. The only milk the natives know is that of the does, from which they make cheese.