10,000-Year-Old Art Found in India
Hundreds of large rock-art images, believed to be over ten-thousand years old, have been discovered in the Konkon region of western Maharashtra State in India. Virtually invisible from ground level, the thousands of images appear clearly in aerial photographs. The often-mud-covered petroglyphs existed, for the most part, without the knowledge of nearby human populations, though some locals who revered them knew some.
Depicted are many animals, birds, human figures, and geometric designs, reminiscent of the famous Nazca lines in Peru, though, in this case, the images are believed to date back to much older times. Archaeologists from India’s state archaeology department date the glyphs to around 10,000 BC, says the BBC, and some think they could be evidence of a lost civilization. Since investigators began their study, many previously unknown images have come to light. Curiously some show creatures like rhinos and hippos, which are not currently found is this part of India, raising questions about where the creatures, if not the creators, may have originated.
As might be expected, the go-to explanation from scientific authorities is that the images were created by hunter-gathers. Such are the kinds of people that would be needed to fit the standard timeline of human development; and, while the absence of farm-related imagery can be cited to support the orthodox view, clear evidence of large-scale, highly organized, and creative effort would suggest otherwise.
CAPTION: Maharashtra petroglyphs include abstract human figures (Photo: Ratnagiri tourism)
Modern Human Hands 500,000 Years Ago
Modern humans, with our extremely versatile tool-making hands, have been believed by mainstream scientists to go back no more than 300,000 years, with full ‘behavioral modernity’ coming only about 50,000 years ago. That, at least, has been the view until recent discoveries at the early Middle Pleistocene Acheulean site of Boxgrove in West Sussex, the United Kingdom. In a new study published in the journal PeerJ, led by paleo-archaeologist Alastair Key with the University of Kent, an analysis of archaic hand axes shows that a half-million years ago modern human-like hands were busy making tools in the area. To get to their sensational conclusions, the scientists carefully studied the hand strength—especially the needed pressure from fingers—that would have been required to make the hand axes.
Atlantis Rising columnist Michael Cremo, author of The Hidden History of the Human Race, has long argued that ‘modern humans’ (Homo sapiens) have been around for millions of years, and he has documented the existence of many studies providing significant evidence for that conclusion but that have been ignored, if not suppressed, by orthodox science. Much of the conventional argument against the existence of advanced ancient civilization, as in ‘Atlantis,’ for example, is that the accepted evolutionary timeline for human history does not provide adequate time for such a complex civilization to have evolved so far, so early. If the new Boxgrove evidence establishes the presence of modern humans, hundreds of thousands of years earlier than previously thought, then one of the strongest arguments against advanced ancient civilization has been debunked.
CAPTION: A Boxgrove stone hand axe.