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Posted on 08/02/2014 10:07:57 AM PDT by Theoria
Archaeologists from the University of Tübingen have found an ancient fragment of ivory belonging to a 40,000 year old animal figurine. Both pieces were found in the Vogelherd Cave in southwestern Germany, which has yielded a number of remarkable works of art dating to the Ice Age. The mammoth ivory figurine depicting a lion was discovered during excavations in 1931. The new fragment makes up one side of the figurine's head, and the sculpture may be viewed at the Tübingen University Museum from 30 July.
"The figurine depicts a lion," says Professor Nicholas Conard of Tübingen University's Institute of Prehistory and Medieval Archaeology, and the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment Tübingen. "It is one of the most famous Ice Age works of art, and until now, we thought it was a relief, unique among these finds dating to the dawn of figurative art. The reconstructed figurine clearly is a three dimensional sculpture."
The new fragment was discovered when today's archaeologists revisited the work of their predecessors from the 1930s. "We have been carrying out renewed excavations and analysis at Vogelherd Cave for nearly ten years," says Conard. "The site has yielded a wealth of objects that illuminate the development of early symbolic artifacts dating to the period when modern humans arrived in Europe and displaced the indigenous Neanderthals." He points out that the Vogelherd Cave has provided evidence of the world's earliest art and music and is a key element in the push to make the caves of the Swabian Jura a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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The fragment on the left makes up half the head of the animal figure on the right, showing that the lion was fully three-dimensional, and not a relief as long thought.
Note. Not this Lion Man:
Sorry, it’s Ivory and the government will now seize it.
There is some serious mental illness going on here thinking that buying in to the UNESCO scammers is a "good thing."
Please enlighten us.
Just what would the drawbacks of that be, then?
“us”? Is that the pluralis majestatis?
But if all of you haven’t figured out by now that the whole UNESCO World Heritage Site scam is just that - a scam to impose some sort of UN mandate to control local politics - then you are a fool indeed.
The UN is an attempt to assert global control, true. Unfortunately, the preservation of history and ancient artifacts takes money that people don't want to contribute. Instead of blowing hard at UNESCO, Find us a way to get people to care about the preservation of history and antiquities. Show us the way. That is if you care about old stuff.
But if all of you havent figured out by now that the whole UNESCO World Heritage Site scam is just that - a scam to impose some sort of UN mandate to control local politics - then you are a fool indeed.
No need to resort to name-calling. A modicum of courtesy would be appreciated.
No, I haven't "figured that out yet." In fact, I dare say that 99% of all FReepers have not conducted a thorough study of this so-called "scam," and so would likewise be interested in any reasonable arguments you would care to post.
I am by no means a "friend" of the U.N., but I was unaware that being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site was, in and of itself, that fraught with peril.
Saying "If you don't know already, you are a fool" is a troll's argument - a non-answer intended only to provoke and insult - and thus unbecoming of a FReeper interested in civil discourse.
Dresden. Elbtalbrücke. Figure out the rest for yourself.
Cultural sites can be protected by those who own them to the degree that they want to - or choose not to! - without UNESCO.
Anyway, the UNESCO cannot do more than hand out a shiny plaque perhaps. The Buddhas of Bamiyan were one of those protected sites - look what happened anyway.
It's also a matter of value for money. UNESCO sucks up billions and hands out glass pearls in return. JMHO.