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Missing Parts of Sphinx Found in German Cave
Monsters and Critics ^ | Sunday, April 24, 2011 | Jean-Baptiste Piggin (DPA)

Posted on 04/30/2011 12:57:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Archaeologists have discovered fragments of one of the world's oldest sculptures, a lion-faced figurine estimated at 32,000 years old, from the dirt floor of a cave in southern Germany.

The ivory figure, along with a tiny figurine known as the Venus of Hohle Fels, marks the foundation of human artistry. Both were created by a Stone Age European culture that historians call Aurignacian.

The Aurignacians appear to have been the first modern humans, with handicrafts, social customs and beliefs. They hunted reindeer, woolly rhinoceros, mammoths and other animals.

The Lion-Man sculpture, gradually re-assembled in workshops over decades after the fragments were discovered in 1939, is a kind of reverse sphinx: a human body, standing erect, but with the head of a now extinct European cave lion.

The head is finely cut, but there is not enough detail left in the body to judge whether this chimera was meant to be male or female.

Claus-Joachim Kind, the chief archaeologist at the palaeolithic site near the city of Ulm, said the figure, was probably used by a shamanistic religion.

'But we are walking on thin ice with any interpretation,' he warned...

The world's first cities, based on intensive, year-round agriculture, were established in Mesopotamia 7,000 years ago. The cave paintings of Lascaux in France, the world's best known Stone Age Art, probably date back 17,000 years.

But Aurignacian sites, including the caves in Germany as well as the Chauvet Cave decorated with murals in southern France, are twice as old, going back 32,000 to 40,000 years from the present, radiocarbon dating of the debris in the caves shows.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: aurignacian; bear; bears; cave; caveart; cavedrawings; cavepainting; cavepaintings; epigraphyandlanguage; germany; godsgravesglyphs; macroetymology; marysettegast; paleosigns; platoprehistorian
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1 posted on 04/30/2011 12:57:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 04/30/2011 12:59:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

So this is from a different Sphinx and not the one in Cairo?


3 posted on 04/30/2011 1:00:02 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

That’s correct.


4 posted on 04/30/2011 1:01:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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New fragments of a 32,000-year-old figurine found
http://www.stonepages.com/news/archives/004323.html


5 posted on 04/30/2011 1:02:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

So, they now know the Sphinx is male?


6 posted on 04/30/2011 1:03:18 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats. /P. J. O'Rourke, 1991)
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To: freedumb2003
So, they now know the Sphinx is male?

He sat there for thirty-two thousand years without complaining.

7 posted on 04/30/2011 1:05:06 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: freedumb2003

En Rampant.


8 posted on 04/30/2011 1:12:01 PM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: SunkenCiv

Lion man of the Hohlenstein Stadel

9 posted on 04/30/2011 1:12:55 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“What walks on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the evening?’’ Riddle of The Sphinx.


10 posted on 04/30/2011 1:24:04 PM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: jmacusa

:’)


11 posted on 04/30/2011 1:26:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Nice! Thanks AGR!


12 posted on 04/30/2011 1:28:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

The German interest in the Egyptians border on fanatical.


13 posted on 04/30/2011 1:33:24 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: SunkenCiv
But we are walking on thin ice with any interpretation,' he warned...

There speaks an honest man. Rare...

14 posted on 04/30/2011 1:40:14 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: mnehring

He?

Here’s to the camel’s libido,
And here’s to the thoughts that he thinks
As he stands on the banks of the Nile
And tries to make love to the Sphinx.

But the Sphinx’s posterior portions,
Are sunk in the sands of the Nile —
Which accounts for the hump on the camel’s back
And the Sphinx’s inscrutable smile.


15 posted on 04/30/2011 1:42:27 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Interesting Times

I was going to post something similar. Rarely do these archeologists admit how little knowledge they have about the cultures they are researching.


16 posted on 04/30/2011 2:17:24 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: SunkenCiv
Are they saying that those fragments have been in that cave for 32,000 years? I read the article and did not see any mention of carbon-14 or stratigraphic dating, tree rings, or anything else.
17 posted on 04/30/2011 2:25:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Republic_of_Secession.
The German interest in the Egyptians border on fanatical.

They're perfectly crazy about American Indians too.

18 posted on 04/30/2011 2:34:41 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: SunkenCiv

My question is what is the official definition of Sphinx?

The one in Egypt has the body of a lion and the head of a man. This is the reverse—head of a lion and body of a man.

Does any combination merit the title of Sphinx by defiition or is this just a lazy man’s headline.


19 posted on 04/30/2011 2:48:15 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Republic_of_Secession.; SunkenCiv; BenLurkin
The German interest in the Egyptians border on fanatical.

Is there anything the Germans do that doesn't border on the fanatical?

32,000

And everybody knows if I dig a deep hole in my cave floor to hide my precious religious figurine to keep it from falling into the wrong hands it's age automatically matches that (bottom of the hole) stratum when arkeyallogists dig it up later.

20 posted on 04/30/2011 2:52:07 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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