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Cave Drawings Reportedly 25,000 Years Old
Associated Press ^ | February 5, 2006 | Anon

Posted on 02/05/2006 7:34:22 PM PST by Pharmboy

PARIS -- Cave drawings thought to be older than those in the famed caves of Lascaux have been discovered in a grotto in western France, officials from the Charente region said Sunday.

A first analysis by officials from the office of cultural affairs suggests the drawings were made some 25,000 years ago, Henri de Marcellus, mayor of the town of Vilhonneur where the cave is located, told France-Info radio.

He said, however, that the date could only be confirmed by further investigations.

Cavers exploring a part of a grotto in the Vilhonneur forest made the discovery in December, the local newspaper Charente Libre reported Saturday.

News was withheld until a first investigation could be carried out, local officials said on French radio.

"If this first expertise is confirmed, the paintings discovered here (change) scientific findings date to Lascaux and Altamira in Spain," Michel Boutant, head of the local government, said on France-Info radio.

The famed Lascaux Cave in Montignac, in the Dordogne region of southwest France, has long been considered one of the finest examples of cave paintings. The art dates back 13,000 years, like those in Altamira, in northwest Spain.

However, the Chauvet cave, discovered in the mid-1990s in southeast France, features some 300 examples of Paleolithic animal art dating back in some cases 31,000 years.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antediluvean; cave; caveart; cavedrawings; cavepainting; cavepaintings; caves; chauvet; crevo; cromagnon; epigraphyandlanguage; france; godsgravesglyphs; macroetymology; neolithic; paleosigns; spelunkers; spelunking
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1 posted on 02/05/2006 7:34:25 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: blam; SunkenCiv; aculeus; thefactor

Pass the ochre please, Mungo...these were my peeps on my father's side.


2 posted on 02/05/2006 7:35:52 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Pharmboy

it is?


3 posted on 02/05/2006 7:36:01 PM PST by oceanview
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Any cartoons of Mohammad?
4 posted on 02/05/2006 7:36:08 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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Any cartoons of Mohammad?

ROTFL !!!!!

5 posted on 02/05/2006 7:37:27 PM PST by jigsaw (God Bless Our Troops.)
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To: Pharmboy

??Any designs of arks in these drawings??


6 posted on 02/05/2006 7:37:31 PM PST by aShepard
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To: oceanview

Any new discoveries of Euro cave art this old is pretty big to those who care about this sort of stuff.


7 posted on 02/05/2006 7:37:48 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Last Dakotan

Shh...ya wanna start some more trouble? ( :-D


8 posted on 02/05/2006 7:38:46 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Last Dakotan

The French are experts at caving.


9 posted on 02/05/2006 7:39:08 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Good one of the Mohammad cartoon, btw!)
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To: Pharmboy

ok, but what previously held historial issues does this discovery put in doubt?


10 posted on 02/05/2006 7:39:12 PM PST by oceanview
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It sure is big but not a surprise. -Fred


11 posted on 02/05/2006 7:39:25 PM PST by Ma3lst0rm (Assumptions are often like jumping out of a plane with a backpack while thinking it is a parachute.)
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To: Pharmboy
The earliest known images of a people surrendering to their foes?
12 posted on 02/05/2006 7:41:43 PM PST by keat
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To: oceanview

There isn't enough information to say at this point whether it will change any ideas that are currently held, but it might. At any rate, since these things are so rare, itis a very important find.


13 posted on 02/05/2006 7:42:13 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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"were made some 25,000 years ago, Henri de Marcellus, mayor of the town of Vilhonneur where the cave is located, told France-Info radio."

The mayor? Give me a freaking break. I smell tourists dollars.


14 posted on 02/05/2006 7:43:42 PM PST by toddlintown (Lennon takes six bullets to the chest, Yoko is standing right next to him and not one f'ing bullet?)
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..one of the drawings was purported to be Mohammed, Islamists worldwide are pissed...


15 posted on 02/05/2006 7:44:22 PM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hilary for President!)
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To: Pharmboy
This stuff was discovered some time ago. THere's even a book about it.

Art hit the ground running. There appear to be no amateur, tenative, halting steps ~ there was no art, and then there was.

This is a result of some sort of genetic change that occurred in Europe first.

16 posted on 02/05/2006 7:45:17 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: Pharmboy
This stuff was discovered some time ago. THere's even a book about it.

Art hit the ground running. There appear to be no amateur, tenative, halting steps ~ there was no art, and then there was.

This is a result of some sort of genetic change that occurred in Europe first.

17 posted on 02/05/2006 7:45:18 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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Well at least it's reassuring to parents today that 25,000 years ago parents had problems with kids drawing on the walls. A little 409 will get those caves clean in no time.


18 posted on 02/05/2006 7:45:28 PM PST by RouxStir (Peaceful muslim...The Ultimate Oxymoron!)
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To: Pharmboy

Is it an image of Mohhamed? If so, there will be he!! to pay.


19 posted on 02/05/2006 7:46:49 PM PST by NCC-1701 (RADICAL ISLAM IS A CULT. IT MUST BE ELIMINATED.)
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To: oceanview
30,000-10,000 BC (US) B.C: Palo Indians cross from Asia to America over an ice sheet that will eventually melt away.

10,000 BC Many stone age cultures developed. The Chinese civilization emerged from two of these cultures, Yangshao and Longshan. By the end of the Palaeolithic 10,000 years ago, there was a shift in the environment and the plants growing wild and a shift in the social pattern of relationships. In the "fertile crescent" around the rivers Tigris and the Euphrates, there is evidence of settlements and grain storage, but only of wild grain. This wild grain flourished and peoples ceased migrating because they and the animals they hunted lived on the abundant grain food. The first sign of the domestication of animals (dogs) was found at these sites.

20 posted on 02/05/2006 7:48:10 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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