Came upon this by chance today:
Chantal Jègues-Wolkiewiez is an independent researcher, astronomer and ethnologist with a PhD in Humanities. According to her studies, hunter gatherers spent long nights observing the sky, calculating, and recording their discoveries either on the walls of caves or on animal bones. Thanks to their analyses they could measure time and adapt to weather change. She has concluded that prehistoric men chose their caves according to the orientation of the sun, created measuring tools such as a lunar calendar, and their wall paintings were the first maps of the sky and stars.
Chantal's research and the theories presented by April Vihilidal clearly cross support and corroborate each other. Please visit Chantal Jègues-Wolkiewiez's web site and also read some of the corespondence between these two ground breaking researchers.
This person April Vihilidal is basically saying the same thing that Walter Crutenden says in his book The Lost Star of Myth and Time
, that there should be a calibrated Zodiac due to the Sun is moving in a binary orbit about a companion star. To visualize what this looks like, check out the animation at the bottom of this page:
Basically the Solar System turns through the Zodiac slowly on when the Sun and companion are at apoapsis (the furthest point from each other), then as they come together they turn faster. So this means that the Solar System, and along with it the Earth, would not pass through each segmented Zodiac in an equal amount of time, it would have to be "calibrated" based on the orbital parameters. As the Sun approaches the companion, we accelerate through the Zodiac, moving faster; and as the Sun moves away from the companion, we decelerate through the Zodiac. That's basically what April means by a calibrated Zodiac.
What's interesting is that she believes that the "bird on a pole" painting represents the Atair of Aquilla, the Eagle, and the man above this bird is supposed to represent Sagitta, the arrow:
Most experts claim that the cave paintings date back to around 17,000 BCE. Using the calibrated version of the Zodiac that April uses, this means they would have been painted during the 'Age of the Bull' (there are lots of bulls painted throughout the caves). She makes the assumption that these folks were 'Eastern Time Keepers' or based the age they were in on the Autumnal Equinox sky. According to her:
The Age of Scorpio according to the tradition of the ‘Western Time Keepers’ began 17,286 years ago. This tradition follows the vernal equinoxes. The tradition of the ‘Eastern Time Keepers’, on the other hand follow the autumnal equinoxes. In this tradition The ‘Age of the Bull’ would have begun 17,286 years ago. Thus we have the very detailed information of the bulls on the caves in Lascaux, France; with their type of fur for summer and winter, their tails crossing, and the positioning of their eyes.
In the Lascaux cave in France the ‘bird on the pole’ is depicting the pole star for the ‘Age of Scorpio’ according to Western Time Keepers and the ‘Age of the Bull’ according to Eastern Time Keepers. The ‘man’ figure above the bird on the pole is ‘Saggit’ or the Arrow. In modern day star charts ‘Saggit’ looks very much like the ‘man’ drawn in the cave.
The arrows carved into the side of the rock gave me the idea that these people were ‘Eastern Time Keepers’ because in spring the snow covered the mountain. But during the autumn the arrows could be seen. This ‘pointed’ to two ideas; 1) ‘Saggit’ the Arrow or the ‘man’ above the ‘bird on the pole’ in the Lascaux Cave and 2) The ‘Eastern Time Keeping’ tradition of following the Autumnal Equinox.
If one is looking at a non-calibrated zodiac, then the dates, times and images do not match up and the images of the ‘bird on the pole’ and the ‘man’ above makes no sense and remains elusive to intelligent deciphering. However, when our theories are used in corroboration, then the images of ‘bird on the pole’ and the ‘man’ above the ‘bird on the pole’ come to life. Thus we can truly understand that man’s first home was the firmament.
This is all detailed in this letter between April and Chantal here:
The thing I'm not so sure about is the 17,000 BCE date. I'm aware that carbon dating can be abysmally inaccurate due to many factors (cometary bombardment dumping carbon, changes in cosmic ray influx, etc). I'm not sure I would want to build a theory that rests on a single date like this. I thought I recall Laura mentioning somewhere that she thought these cave paintings were much older than the accepted date, but I can't remember where I read that. I hope she can confirm or correct me here.
But I agree with the main premise by Chantal that the paintings probably represent sky maps, and possibly other symbols too.
Thanks for finding this Adaryn! Most interesting!