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Astronomers of the Ice Age

By Sharif Sakr, August 2000

The Implications

The most obvious implication is that, as was argued in Heaven's Mirror, the traditional view of the zodiac being a Graeco-Babylonian invention is wrong. The association of the Pleiades (part of Taurus) with a bull shows that information, and especially that which is of great importance or transmitted in certain formats (like art and folklore), can be passed down through great stretches of time.

Together with engraved moon maps (such as that from 3,000BC in Knowth, Ireland [4]) and the careful astronomical alignments of prehistoric megaliths (such as the Maltese temples [5]), these Ice Age star maps demonstrate that the heavenly bodies and their positions were of central importance to our distant ancestors. Graham Hancock and others are seeking to understand why.

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  2. c.f. Serio et al., 1992, Journal for the History of Astronomy Vol 23 pp.107-119

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