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Prehistoric cave paintings took up to 20,000 years to complete
Telegraph ^ | 05 Oct 2008 | Telegraph

Posted on 10/04/2008 6:50:29 PM PDT by BGHater

It may have taken Michelangelo four long years to paint his fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel,but his earliest predecessors spent considerably longer perfecting their own masterpieces.

Scientists have discovered that prehistoric cave paintings took up to 20,000 years to complete.

Rather than being created in one session, as archaeologists previously thought, many of the works discovered across Europe were produced over hundreds of generations who added to, refreshed and painted over the original pieces of art.

Until now it has been extremely difficult to pinpoint when prehistoric cave paintings and carvings were created, but a pioneering technique is allowing researchers to date cave art accurately for the first time and show how the works were crafted over thousands of years.

Experts now hope the technique will help provide a valuable insight into how early human culture developed and changed as the first modern humans moved across Europe around 40,000 years ago.

By comparing the ratio of uranium to thorium in the thin layers on top of the cave art, researchers were able to calculate the age of the paintings

Dr Pike and his team were able to date the paintings using a technique known as uranium series dating

Bison on the ceiling of the polychrome chamber in the Altamira cave in northern Spain

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cave; caveart; cavedrawings; cavepainting; cavepaintings; caves; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; macroetymology; paintings; paleosigns; smellofbs; spelunkers; spelunking
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1 posted on 10/04/2008 6:50:29 PM PDT by BGHater
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping.

SC, they are making you and the Post Office look bad with their speed.

Lol. Get out of the tub.

jk


2 posted on 10/04/2008 6:51:41 PM PDT by BGHater (Democracy is the road to socialism.)
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To: BGHater

oh come on


3 posted on 10/04/2008 6:54:00 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Betcha they're good. Why shouldn't they be? Their one mistake was giving up me!)
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To: BGHater

That’s some slow drying paint they were using.


4 posted on 10/04/2008 6:56:23 PM PDT by NCPAC ("Libertarianism is the heart and soul of conservatism." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: BGHater
Unions, eh?

/johnny

5 posted on 10/04/2008 6:56:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: BGHater

Well, it’s not like they had a publication deadline, or anything.


6 posted on 10/04/2008 6:57:16 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: BGHater

ya.. them cave painters were unionized. rofl


7 posted on 10/04/2008 6:57:40 PM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: BGHater

come on. this doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. 20,000 years to work on a painting? something is wrong.


8 posted on 10/04/2008 6:59:02 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Betcha they're good. Why shouldn't they be? Their one mistake was giving up me!)
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To: BGHater
but a pioneering technique is allowing researchers to date cave art accurately for the first time

I think the new technique has flaws. Do they suppose each generation told the next to add one more stroke to the painting?

9 posted on 10/04/2008 6:59:19 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: BGHater

This doesn’t have the smell of truth about it. Uranium series dating usually applies to times much further back than European cave dwellers. I’d like to see something more solid on the dating techniques they used.


10 posted on 10/04/2008 6:59:40 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: BGHater

Dang. Democrats in the Stone Age? Who would think they would have survived?


11 posted on 10/04/2008 7:01:44 PM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: BGHater

Gotta love persistence.


12 posted on 10/04/2008 7:03:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Paying taxes for bank bailouts is apparently the patriotic thing to do. [/sarc])
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To: BGHater

“Prehistoric cave paintings took up to 20,000 years to complete”

This is just a story to make Illinois road construction schedules palatable.


13 posted on 10/04/2008 7:06:58 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: BGHater

It sounds like a government project.


14 posted on 10/04/2008 7:07:40 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: BGHater
So, what's the point.....Oh, yeh...GRANT MONEY....

How this gig works...

I present an hypothesis...and get a grant...a nice grant that'll fund me for a couple of years.

Then my buddy proposes a different hypothosis...and he gets a grant...a nice grant.

Me and my buddy meet every morning for coffee. We toast to: It's a great life because no one really, really gives a damn about the cave paintings...They're simply cooool.

15 posted on 10/04/2008 7:09:36 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: aimhigh
Do they suppose each generation told the next to add one more stroke to the painting?

No, that would be silly.

More likely they improved on previous paintings through overpainting and rejuvenation. That's why you have multiple layers dating to different times.

16 posted on 10/04/2008 7:19:56 PM PDT by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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To: BGHater

You put down your brush in a dark cave and you can’t find it again.


17 posted on 10/04/2008 7:22:31 PM PDT by Kiss Me Hardy
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To: ari-freedom

I think that the authors must have been journalism majors.

I bet what the scientists are saying is that the paintings were worked on continuously for 20,000 years.

I suspect that they were changed, refreshed, added to, subtracted from and just generally monkeyed with as the local peoples went about there lives and recorded their world on those walls for 200 centuries.


18 posted on 10/04/2008 7:22:32 PM PDT by El Sordo
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To: Coyoteman

It may have been a ritualistic thing that each generation worked on. It would be interesting to see how much change there was over that length of time.


19 posted on 10/04/2008 7:22:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Paying taxes for bank bailouts is apparently the patriotic thing to do. [/sarc])
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To: El Sordo

I bet what the scientists are saying is that the paintings were worked on continuously for 20,000 years.

yes and that still doesn’t make much sense. 20,000 years is an extremely long time to work on one painting in a cave.


20 posted on 10/04/2008 7:26:42 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Betcha they're good. Why shouldn't they be? Their one mistake was giving up me!)
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