Scenes of everyday life. This is what cave paintings show, usually found in prehistoric caves. But the fact that the French caves Lascaux (Montignac, Aquitaine region) goes much further. Experts believe that they are faced with a public contract astronomy. It was like a classroom in a university classroom.
So say experts from the universities of Edinburgh and Kent, in the United Kingdom, after comparing the zoomorphic images of the Neolithic era in caves in different parts of Europe and Asia, published the Athenian Journal of History. Thus, they were able to understand that the paintings found in Lasco are not everyday situations of dying people or animals, but They could symbolize constellations. Nothing more and nothing more than a scheme of star systems.
"The art of caves shows that people advanced knowledge of the night sky in the last ice age. Intellectually, they practically did not differ from us today, ”said chemical engineer Martin Svitman of the University of Edinburgh.
To confirm that these paintings may be associated with meteor shower known as the Taurids, which occurred about 17,000 years ago. Something similar happened with images found at Gobekli Tepe archaeological site in Turkey, which refers to the impact of the comet, which led to the return of climate to the Ice Age conditions, about 13,000 years ago.
Discussion of possible astronomical images in the French cave has been going on for several decades, and now Sweetman and his colleague from the University of Kent Alistair Coombs believe that they have found the answer.
It is estimated that the picture of wounded bison represents Constellation Capricornus in the summer equinox, while the bird is associated with Libra, in the spring. There are other assumptions that may be associated, for example, with Leo and Taurus.
This star decoration dates back to a year. 15150 A.P. and this may be due to some event that had a strong influence on people, for example, the impact of comets.
"This discovery supports the theory of the impact of several comets in the process of human development and, perhaps, revolutionizes how prehistoric populations are perceived, " – concludes Sweetman.