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The mystery of the 'blue monkeys' in ancient Grecian frescoes, solved
| Ashley Strickland
Posted on 04/27/2020 9:15:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Monkeys appear in Grecian frescoes dating back to the Bronze Age 3,600 years ago, but monkeys aren't native to Greece or the Aegean isles.
But it's clear that the artists actually saw these monkeys in Grecian frescoes, or at least talked to someone who did in great detail, because the depictions are so accurate that researchers can identify the monkeys, according to a new study.
Vervet monkeys appear in a fresco from Akrotiri, Thera. They're known for their rounded muzzles, a white band on the forehead, an extended tail and elongated limbs -- all accurately shown in the fresco.
Baboons crop up in a fresco from Knossos, Crete. Their hallmarks, including a hairless nose, narrow waist, thick chest and face shape, make them easy to identify in the depiction.
The monkeys are even behaving as they would in real life, with the vervet monkeys climbing and the baboons on the ground.
Both are native to northeastern Africa. This builds on previous evidence that Minoan people had contact with this part of Africa, providing some of the strongest support yet.
One big difference from real life though is that the depicted monkeys are blue. But researchers believe that's because cultures identify colors differently on the spectrum, and these painters likely saw blue as belonging to the gray and green families of color. The same can also be said of fish scales in Minoan art.
Or it could be a nod to the ancient Egyptians, who deified baboons and used blue, considered a sacred color, to depict them.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
KEYWORDS: akrotiri; ancientnavigation; baboons; bluemonkeys; bronzeage; crete; frescoes; godsgravesglyphs; greece; history; knossos; navigation; qanon; thera; vervetmonkeys
Please ignore the headline
posted on 04/27/2020 9:15:50 PM PDT
posted on 04/27/2020 9:16:46 PM PDT
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posted on 04/27/2020 9:20:07 PM PDT
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“Please ignore headline.”
I can’t stop looking at it!
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See what you did? The chaos, the horror!
posted on 04/27/2020 9:45:33 PM PDT
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I’m glad the mystery is solved. It was weighing heavily upon me.
posted on 04/27/2020 11:37:20 PM PDT
by Jeff Chandler
(BLACK LIVES MAGA)
The European lion was common in Greece and the Balkans until well into Roman Times
posted on 04/28/2020 1:13:42 AM PDT
Everybody got somethin’ to hide, ‘cept for me an my monkey...
posted on 04/28/2020 2:01:36 AM PDT
("Can you be more stupid?" is a question, not a challenge.)
The term for Gibraltar monkey is Barbary macaque.
Don’t use the term near the state of Virginia!
posted on 04/28/2020 3:33:32 AM PDT
by Does so
(Call it the CCP-virus...The Corona-virus dies in Summer's sunlight! But next spring's Chinese virus?)
I guess the old expression indicating a remote chance, when blue monkeys fly out of my butt has merit after all.
posted on 04/28/2020 5:42:23 AM PDT
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the rest of the Akrotiri keyword, chrono sorted:
- Important new finds discovered at Akrotiri prehistoric settlement on Santorini island 
- Dating the Ancient Minoan Eruption of Thera Using Tree Rings 
- Fat tourists leave Greek island donkeys CRIPPLED 
- Russia Deploys Missile System Able To Hit Tel Aviv Planes 
- Cyprus to offer military facilities to Russia: President 
- World's Oldest Weather Report Found on 3500-Year-Old Stone in Egypt 
- Greek Island of Santorini Volcano Erupted in 16th Century 
- Ancient city of Iasos rises out of the ashes 
- Syrian Warplanes Test British Air Defenses in Cyprus 
- Fossil Insects Tweak Date of Deadly "Atlantis" Eruption 
- Akrotiri, Santorini: the Minoan Pompeii - part 6 
- Akrotiri, Santorini: the Minoan Pompeii - part 5 
- Akrotiri, Santorini: the Minoan Pompeii -- part 4 
- Akrotiri, Santorini: the Minoan Pompeii - part 3 
- Akrotiri, Santorini: the Minoan Pompeii - part 2 
- Will Ancient Akrotiri Face Another Massive Eruption? 
- Atlantis: The Evidence [ Thera, Crete, the usual modern myths ] 
- Nebra sky disk discarded because of volcanic ash, scientists say By Aug 23, 2010, 15:49 GMT 
- New analysis on problems between archaeology and pharaonic chronology, based on radiocarbon dating 
- Akrotiri Peninsula Excavations 
- Akrotiri, Santorini: the Minoan Pompeii - part 1 [of 6] 
- A Storm in Egypt during the Reign of Ahmose [The Tempest Stele] 
- Real Tsunami May Have Inspired Legend of Atlantis 
- Thera eruption in 1613 BC 
- 'Virtual archaeologist' reconnects fragments of an ancient civilization [ Thera ] 
- Greek archaeological site reburied [ Akrotiri Santorini ] 
- Pumace As A Time Witness (Archaeology) 
- A Culture Shaped By Natural Disasters (Thera/Akrotiri) 
- Explorer Ballard heads exploration of undersea volcano 
- Ancient Volcano, Seeds And Treerings, Suggest Rewriting Late Bronze Age Mediterranean History (More) 
- Olive branch solves a Bronze Age mystery 
- ARCHAEOLOGY: New Carbon Dates Support Revised History of Ancient Mediterranean 
- Director posits proof of biblical Exodus 
- Ireland Is Lost Island of Atlantis, Says Scientist 
- New Ice-Core Evidence Challenges the 1620s age for the Santorini (Minoan) Eruption 
posted on 04/28/2020 5:59:20 AM PDT
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