Scenes of everyday life. It is the cave paintings that are usually found in prehistoric caves. But the French caves of Lascaux (Montignac, the area of Aquitaine) go much further. Experts believe they are facing a public contract astronomy It's like a boardroom of a university classroom.
So, experts from the universities of Edinburgh and Kent in the United Kingdom, after comparing zoomorphic images of neolithic caves in different parts of Europe and Asia, have been told by the Athens Journal of History. In this way, one can understand that the images found in Lascaux are not the daily situation of dying men or animals, but that They could symbolize constellations. Nothing more than the schematic of the star systems.
"The art of caves shows that people had and advanced knowledge of the night sky in the last ice age. Intelligently, we are no different today, "said engineer Martin Sweatman of the University of Edinburgh.
For confirmation, these images could be associated with a meteor shower known as Taurida, which appeared some 17,000 years ago. Something similar happened with the paintings found in the archaeological site of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, which concerns the impact of the comet that caused the climate to return to ice conditions about 13,000 years ago.
The debate over the possible astronomical imaginations in the French cave has been going on for decades, and now Sweatman and his colleague at Kent University Alistair Coombs believe they have found the answer.
Estimates include painting a wounded bison Capricorn constellations in the summer equinox, while the bird is connected Scales, in spring. There are other speculations that might be related, for example Leo and Taurus.
This stellar decoration should be dated in the year 15150 a.C. and it could be associated with an event that had a strong impact on people, such as the impact of comets.
"This discovery supports the theory of the influence of more comets in human evolution and probably will revolutionize the way in which prehistoric people are perceived, " concludes Sweatman.