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

Phase-of-Moon Indicator

As I stated earlier, lunar representations are few and far between, if not non-existent. The only other artifact that could be considered as lunar in character that has come to my attention is the so-called Phase-of-the Moon indicator. (

It is worth taking the time to examine this for yourself. Some scholars allege that the holes represent the phases of the Moon. If so, you would think the least the ancients could do is to fashion the clay into a crescent! How is it that ancient cultures could draw masterpieces on cave walls, yet could not fashion clay to represent the Moon?

The remnants of tea leaves look more like the Moon than this artifact!

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