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Ancient Spider Rock Art Sparks Archaeological Mystery
LiveScience ^ | December 20, 2013 | Owen Jarus

Posted on 12/21/2013 8:34:45 AM PST by SunkenCiv

Archaeologists have discovered a panel containing the only known example of spider rock art in Egypt and, it appears, the entire Old World.

The rock panel, now in two pieces, was found on the west wall of a shallow sandstone wadi, or valley, in the Kharga Oasis, located in Egypt's western desert about 108 miles (175 kilometers) west of Luxor. Facing east, and illuminated by the morning sun, the panel is a "very unusual" find, said Egyptologist Salima Ikram, a professor at the American University in Cairo who co-directs the North Kharga Oasis Survey Project.

The identification of the creatures as spiders is tentative and the date of it uncertain, Ikram told LiveScience in an email. Even so, based on other activity in the area, the rock art may date to about 4000 B.C. or earlier, which would put it well into prehistoric times, before Egypt was unified, noted Ikram, who detailed the finding in the most recent edition of the journal Sahara.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: ancient; archaeological; art; egypt; godsgravesglyphs; khargaoasis; mystery; rock; salimaikram; sparks; spider
Archaeologists have discovered a broken panel that depicts the only known example of spider rock art in Egypt and, it appears, the entire Old World. Credit: Photo by Salima Ikram, North Kharga Oasis Survey, cropped by Owen Jarus.

Archaeologists have discovered a broken panel that depicts the only known example of spider rock art in Egypt and, it appears, the entire Old World. 
Credit: Photo by Salima Ikram, North Kharga Oasis Survey, cropped by Owen Jarus.

1 posted on 12/21/2013 8:34:45 AM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

2 posted on 12/21/2013 8:35:17 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv; Revolting cat!
Positively ANCIENT!


3 posted on 12/21/2013 8:38:37 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like they were scoring a gin game.


4 posted on 12/21/2013 8:42:26 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: SunkenCiv

Sorry... But I don’t see any spiders.


5 posted on 12/21/2013 8:43:08 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Is it too late to deny involvement?


6 posted on 12/21/2013 8:47:13 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: SunkenCiv

7 posted on 12/21/2013 8:48:11 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

or it could be some guy training with a chisel


8 posted on 12/21/2013 8:48:37 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Darksheare
It was your coffee. Admit it. That's what drove them over the edge and made them see spiders.

/johnny

9 posted on 12/21/2013 8:57:50 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

See spiders, red squiggly lines in their field of vision, and an overpowering RAGE as they thundered across the sandy plains in their resplendent battle formations?


10 posted on 12/21/2013 9:03:09 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: a fool in paradise

IBTZSATSFM pic


11 posted on 12/21/2013 9:13:24 AM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Most of this stuff is nothing more than pre-historic graffiti, the bored tinkering of a teenager, not art. Rare mind you, and fascinating, but not art.
12 posted on 12/21/2013 9:21:13 AM PST by Bob Mc
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To: Cowboy Bob
They look more like:

Quipu...

13 posted on 12/21/2013 9:23:05 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: a fool in paradise

And-the Spiders from Mars played their guitars...


14 posted on 12/21/2013 9:29:26 AM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: SunkenCiv
Prehistoric graffiti?
15 posted on 12/21/2013 9:32:39 AM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Darksheare

No. You are SO busted!


16 posted on 12/21/2013 9:41:28 AM PST by Monkey Face (Duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can sure muffle the sound!)
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To: Monkey Face

Drats!


17 posted on 12/21/2013 9:43:07 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

*;o]*


18 posted on 12/21/2013 9:46:44 AM PST by Monkey Face (Duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can sure muffle the sound!)
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To: Monkey Face

*sigh*
“In the year 2023, we send coffee back in time as a gesture of friendship with our ancestors. The results, were terrible.”

Wish I could do animation.
It would be epically bad.


19 posted on 12/21/2013 9:48:44 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

It would be so epically bad, I would love it! LOL!


20 posted on 12/21/2013 9:51:27 AM PST by Monkey Face (Duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can sure muffle the sound!)
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To: Darksheare

It would be so epically bad, I would love it! LOL!


21 posted on 12/21/2013 9:51:28 AM PST by Monkey Face (Duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can sure muffle the sound!)
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To: SunkenCiv

markings look like ogham


22 posted on 12/21/2013 9:54:16 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster

Good point, it might be productive as a way in to the language.


23 posted on 12/21/2013 9:56:18 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Monkey Face

Cave guy sips the strange liquid from the “god being” who stepped out of the light.
Then the nightmare begins.


24 posted on 12/21/2013 9:56:19 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I know but the ‘professionals’ don’t want to make any connections between Egypt and the Scoti ( the Celts)…They will invent their own version of what they think it means…. whether it does or not


25 posted on 12/21/2013 9:59:26 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster

There is no connection, although I’ve seen that invented version posted on FR.


26 posted on 12/21/2013 10:10:43 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Darksheare

A Darkshearean Nightmare is a thing of beauty for those of us with twisted minds...


27 posted on 12/21/2013 10:12:49 AM PST by Monkey Face (Duct tape can't fix stupid, but it can sure muffle the sound!)
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To: SunkenCiv

you prove my point…. heaven forfend you read some dissenting opinions (like maybe a little Michael Cremo or the long history of The Lost Tribes).

But have a merry Christmas


28 posted on 12/21/2013 10:13:00 AM PST by Nifster
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To: SunkenCiv

This is also cool.

http://digg.com/video/what-you-get-when-you-pour-molten-aluminum-into-an-ant-hill


29 posted on 12/21/2013 10:14:10 AM PST by IM2MAD (IM2MAD=Individual Motivated 2 Make A Difference)
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To: Monkey Face

The shout of the Tank Zombie from Left 4 Dead plays right after the coffee is sipped.
Point of view switches to the coffee drinker as red blood vessels appear in his field of vision.


30 posted on 12/21/2013 10:14:23 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: SunkenCiv

All y’all are way wrong. You’re over thinking the thing, it’s so simple.

What it is, obviously, is a petro dead drop for a spy that was snooping around opposition villages.

Silly people think that Americans, heck, even modern civilization, invented the NSA.


31 posted on 12/21/2013 10:35:50 AM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wonder what Barry Fell would have had to say about that panel?


32 posted on 12/21/2013 10:54:11 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting. Thank you for posting.


33 posted on 12/21/2013 5:22:09 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Rebus? :’)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3104061/posts?page=22#22

This is a pretty interesting idea as well:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3104061/posts?page=13#13


34 posted on 12/22/2013 1:44:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Nifster

Here’s the topic I spoke of:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1702306/posts

It’s completely made up, with no evidence of any kind to support it. That’s not a dissenting opinion, it’s moonbattery.

Cremo’s interesting.

The Assyrians’ forced exile of those ten tribes resulted in their arrival at the margins of the Assyrian Empire, and ultimately to their descendants numbering in the millions in Europe (prior to the Holocaust) and in the US, among other places:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/1173637/posts


35 posted on 12/22/2013 1:52:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Barry Fell would identify it as Ogham writing, I think.


36 posted on 12/23/2013 4:56:07 PM PST by ThanhPhero (Khách sang La Vang hanh huong tham vieng Maria)
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To: Nifster

My thoughts also. Celtic voyagers in Egypt?


37 posted on 12/24/2013 4:22:20 AM PST by Makana (Self-esteem is the new intelligence. - Greenfield)
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