The hunt goes cold for the missing link ape ancestor of the human race

To study the history of the theory of human evolution is not to study the development of a science. Soon after beginning such an enterprise, we soon realise that what we’re faced with are, in fact, the differing attitudes and beliefs that man has deemed to be politically correct over the centuries about who he…

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Rise and Fall of the Planet of the Apes

There’s recently been a move within the fields of archaeology and anthropology to downplay the capacity for symbolic thought of the Neanderthals, and to think of them as brainless, club-carrying buffoons from the Planet of the Apes. However, it is only our post-hoc value judgements that equate symbolic expression with ‘progress’.

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How Palaeolithic man sailed the oceans by the currents and the stars

Kevin Costner’s Waterworld was set in a post-Apocalyptic world. The whole floating, sea-borne community only existed as a reaction to a worldwide disaster. But what about a Waterworld scenario that is not a reaction to anything — one in which man regarded the sea as much his natural habitat as he did the land?

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The Stained Glass Windows of Ice Age Cathedrals: Cave art and shamanism

The oldest rock art ever found in the British Isles was discovered last summer in a deep underground cave in Wales, somewhere on the Gower Peninsula. It shows the faint scratching of a reindeer with a spear in its neck, and it’s dated to around 14,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. (It’s not…

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The Dark Side of the Moon: the advanced and sophisticated astronomical wisdom of our earliest ancestors

When Pink Floyd came up with this line, it struck a chord in our deepest archetypal memories ~ which is what musicians always need to do if they’re going to get a worldwide hit. The Dark Side of Moon went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time. So which seam of…

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Gobekli Tepe – Oldest Temple and Labyrinth of the Stars

Excavations at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey — at 11,000 years old, assessed to be the oldest temple on Earth — are not yet even halfway through. But will archaeologists eventually find that Gobekli Tepe is a labyrinth, or even a series of labyrinths, and that the carving on the stones are star constellations leading the…

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The Sorceror of the Lascaux Caves and the stars of Orion

One of the complaints of traditionalists about ancient star maps is that what’s seen in the night skies only roughly matches that of the illustrations. But they weren’t meant to be accurate. That wasn’t their purpose. For instance, Cassiopeia doesn’t resemble a reclining woman. It’s a metaphor. Once we understand this, our ancestors’ collective mythos…

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Burial Rites of the Neanderthals

A paper was published in 2011 by Quaternary International about likely evidence for burial rites at the 50,000-year-old Neanderthal burial ground, Sima de las Palomas in Murcia, Southeast Spain.

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Ritual Childbirth, Venuses and the Double Goddess

TO our earliest ancestors, both death and birth were considered to be spirit initiations. In this dialogue, we unravel the rituals around childbirth going back at least as far as the last Ice Age.

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