Skip to comments.Neanderthal culture: Old masters
Posted on 05/18/2013 11:46:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
The results of an earlier round of sampling in El Castillo cave, published last June1, showed that the oldest of the paintings, a simple red spot, dates to at least 40,800 years ago, roughly when the first modern humans reached western Europe. Pike and his colleagues think that when they analyse the latest samples, the paintings may turn out to be older still, perhaps by thousands of years -- too old to have been made by modern humans. If so, the artists must have been Neanderthals, the brawny, archaic people who were already living in Europe...
An early date for the paintings would also be a vindication for the slight, dark-haired man watching as Pike works: Joao Zilhao, who has emerged as the leading advocate for Neanderthals, relentlessly pressing the case that these ice-age Europeans were our cognitive equals. Zilhão, an archaeologist at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies at the University of Barcelona in Spain, believes that other signs of sophisticated Neanderthal culture have already proved his point. But he is willing to debate on his opponents' terms. To my mind, we don't need that evidence, he says of the paintings. But I guess for many of my colleagues this would be the smoking gun.
(Excerpt) Read more at nature.com ...
Spots and stencils in El Castillo cave, Spain -- one at least 40,800 years old -- might be the handiwork of Neanderthals. [PEDRO SAURA]
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There is a Neanderthal museum in Gibraltar that is amazing. They have digs in that small country that are doing some good work.
From about 23,000 BCE to about 1782, the red spot was used by pirates to designate a traitor. Around 1782, the color was changed to black. Billy Bones was one of the receivers of the Black Spot
Some believe Ben Gunn also received the Black Spor shortly before he was marooned by Captain Flint
Is that where fraternities picked up the custom to “blackball” someone they didn’t want in their group?
Maybe the artist was a Japanese Neanderthal?
Why is there a Neanderthal painting on this sweater?
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