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Earth’s capture of the moon c.2000bc
By Gary Gilligan

Neolithic Period c.6000-3000BC.

No one knows what the earliest humans thought about the sky, for no records exist. However a good deal of insight can be gleaned from the way these people lived by analyzing the artwork and artifacts dating from this period. The Neolithic period was a time of great change. Before this, people had survived by hunting and gathering food. Now they started to farm the land and to keep animals for meat and skins. They learned to grow crops and make pottery and tools to use on their farms.

Archeologists continue to discover thousands of beautiful crafted artworks dating from this time, and some of the cave drawings and pottery are considered to be works of art.

The art of these prehistoric cultures included stone monuments, artifacts, crafted pottery and visual art. Neolithic peoples buried their dead, often with great ceremony.

Everyday Neolithic objects reveal that hunting was the main occupation of these prehistoric peoples. This explains the most prevalent cave drawings which archeologists have labeled ‘hunting scenes’, many of which show bison and buffalo roaming the plains. The multitude of rock art discovered reveals shapes from simplistic spirals and circles to abstract shapes that even the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes would have a problem deciphering. The pottery reveals outstanding masterpieces of prehistoric art.

While some of the prehistoric monuments, artifacts, cave drawings, pottery and rock-art can be attributed to the sun, there is one glaringly obvious fact that scholars and historians have overlooked. They are all devoid of one image - the moon! There is not one monument, one artifact or one rock drawing that could be taken to represent an image of the moon! Why?

Quite simply: it wasn’t there!

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