Skip to comments.Stone-age toddlers had art lessons, study says
Posted on 10/08/2011 9:33:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Research on Dordogne cave art shows children learned to finger-paint in palaeolithic age, approximately 13,000 years ago -- Archaeologists at one of the most famous prehistoric decorated caves in France, the complex of caverns at Rouffignac in the Dordogne known as the Cave of a Hundred Mammoths, have discovered that children were actively helped to express themselves through finger fluting â running fingers over soft red clay to produce decorative crisscrossing lines, zig-zags and swirls.
The stunning drawings, including 158 depictions of mammoths, 28 bisons, 15 horses, 12 goats, 10 woolly rhinoceroses, four human figures and one bear, form just a small proportion of the art found within the five-mile cave system.
The majority of the drawings are flutings covering the walls and roofs of the many galleries and passages in the complex. One chamber is so rich in flutings by children it is believed to be an area set aside for them. The marks of four children, estimated to be aged between two and seven, have been identified there...
The juxtaposition of the flutings of individuals indicate the relationships between the cave dwellers, the researchers say. For example, the markings show that one seven-year-old girl was most often in the company of the smallest of the adults, probably a male and possibly an older brother...
Flutings by the two-year-old suggest the child's hand was guided by an adult. Cooney said: "The flutings and fingers are very controlled, which is highly unusual for a child of that age, and suggests it was being taught. The research shows us that children were everywhere, even in the deepest, darkest, caves, furthest from the entrance. They were so involved in the art you really begin to question how heavily they were involved in everyday life.
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Artworks such as this were created 13,000 years ago by children in caves in the Dordogne, research suggests. Photograph: University of Cambridge/PA
In her Plato Prehistorian: 10,000 to 5000 B.C. Myth, Religion, Archaeology, Mary Settegast reproduces a table which shows four runic character sets; a is Upper Paleolithic (found among the cave paintings), b is Indus Valley script, c is Greek (western branch), and d is the Scandinavian runic alphabet.
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This kinda flies in the face of the idea that everything prehistoric people did had some kind of ritual, symbolic, or sexual origin. :')
I wonder how much taxpayer money they spent to figure out that kids play with mud.
Makes sense. Otherwise these kids would have been an only child and the husband would have been off to other pastures.
It’s stuff like this that keeps me from believing the 6000 year old Earth theory.
It’s worth it.
Prior to this there was existence, but so what? There was life, but who cares? With no one to consciously experience it, what was the point? Without self-conscious observers, the whole cosmos could bang into being and contract into nothingness, and it would be no different than the proverbial tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it.
One of the reasons why this is such a lonely and unpopular blog is that it takes both science and religion seriously. Most science and religion are unserious, but especially -- one might say intrinsically -- when they exclude each other.
A religion that cannot encompass science is not worthy the name, while a science that cannot be reconciled with religion is not fit for human beings. And I mean this literally, in that it will be a science that applies to a different species, not the one that is made to know love, truth, beauty, existence, and the Absolute. Science must begin and end in this principle -- which is to say, the Principle -- or it is just a diversion. ...."
Promoted by simplistic, literalist / fundies. (See my post # 10)
I wholeheartedly agree.
· Theodidactic Neotraditional Retrofuturism · Orthoparadoxical Nouspeak · Spontaneous Verticalisthenics · Immanental Gymgnostics · Logospheric Circumnavelgazing · Dilettantric Yoga · Freevangelical Pundamentalism · Absurcular Arguments · and · Omspun Jehovial Witticisms ·No wonder that post was such a mixture of ex cathedra and gibberish.
Nice Ryan Reynolds baby picture.
So to speak. ;’)
haha. good one.
More accurate than you might think. Isn’t red hair supposed to originate in neanderthals?
OMG, so sweet, I love it!! Can you tell I have little ones, LOL.
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