Re: [ancient_waterways_society] Abri Castanet Cave and Randall White
- Amazing report. Thanks. CALCLICK = A Wonderful World short video.====================================From: Ted Sojka <tedsojka@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:35 AM
Subject: [ancient_waterways_society] Abri Castanet Cave and Randall White
You did not miss this news in the papers, I heard about in on the CBC
1 from Winnipeg last night. They broadcast a great late night
science show called Quirks and Quarks, and one of the items was about
a dig at a French Cave. I am sure you members from the North part of
this continent are familiar with the show, but not many here a
thousand miles Eouth from
Actually it is a rock shelter that I heard about last night. The cave
had been excavated partially back in 1911. Just when you think all
has been found in the way of art, here is a new find that puts the art
making people who wandered along rivers in France back tens of
thousands of years ago, even older and more abundant.
The ceiling fell in and covered the habitation ground level about
37,000 years ago. That ceiling had carvings in it and they imprinted
the ground under this massive piece of limestone that fell off way
back then. It covered over artifacts, charcoal, beads, and left a very
clear imprint of what was carved in the ceiling.
They have excavated very carefully since 1994 around the boulder to
expose the surface that was impacted by the big block of stone. With
the fires and all the activity under the 600 meter long rock shelter,
(think of those rock shelters in the Southwest where they built cliff
dwellings). it is not surprising that parts of the ceiling collapsed.
There are still many other stones that fell to the floor yet to be
excavated in these time capsules under the other stones.
So far the amount of art in the from of decorated beads and ornaments,
tools, rock chips of flint number in the tens of thousands. Randall
White of NYU says the sandstone used to make the beads comes from 400
kilometers away. This, so far outdates any of the art work found so
far in even the cave of forgotten dreams that Herzog filmed. He said
from this cave to the art of LasCaux is as far apart as that famous
French cave from Picasso. Google Randall White at NYU or paste this
in your browser.
It is always inspiring to read about new finds for me as it sets the
mind going about people in the far past taking time to make decorative
personal items and art on the walls in the places they live.
Native Earthworks Preservation / Iowa