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-=> Quoting the venerable Royston Paynter. to Jiri Mruzek <=- ( Fido-UFO .95 )

RP> Weren't Atlanteans supposed to be terribly advanced? 

RP> What would they be doing painting hunting scenes in caves?  

R. P. you ask excellent questions, though they are tainted sometimes. 
You were drawn into the gaping mouth of indoctrination by falsehoods, 
which were repeated to you so often that  you've ceased to question them.
A classic automatic presumption: Hunting!!! scenes.  

What hunting scenes???  

The total absence of violence from some of the best Magdalenian art certainly  
does away with the simplistic notion that all Paleolithic Art was hunt-oriented.  
So far I can vouch for three sites being fundamentally super-sophisticated: 
Nasca, La Marche,  and Les Trois Freres. Les Trois Freres (Three Brothers) are 
included, because the same incredibly difficult "complex style" is involved. Thus 
I'm careful to avoid making the claim that all cave art is Atlantean, or Alien. But,
the situation is interesting. Some caves are so difficult to get to that  I must pose 
the question of how any primitive cavemen could have possibly penetrated there.  

Atlantean Super-kids  

For instance, the vast Niaux cave comes to an obstacle formed by two flooded 
U-elbows.  The very first U-elbow, 1114 meters away from the entrance had resisted
divers-spelunkers for quite some time - until August of 1970. Getting over the next
U-elbow took till December 6th, 648 hours of work, including 59 hours just pumping
water... The cave then runs for another  kilometer as an elongated hall, with a narrow
lake at its bottom.  

Jiri Svoboda 's Masters of the Stone Chisel: "On its sandy shore, the spelunkers 
saw the prehistorical footprints of the last people to have been here. Several adults, 
and at least three children had come here over the various ages. <Snip> We don't
know exactly through where the prehistoric  people ever had penetraded here. " ...
In other words, J.S. doesn't want to dwell on the fact that  there is no other way in - 
except through the flooded U-elbows. !!! That these obstacles were  always there is
proven by signs of much prehistorical activity up to but not past the first U-elbow. 
But these couldn't stop three kids - the last visitors! It awes me that no one is more
surprized at  such a feat by mere kids - a feat more difficult than scaling of mt. Everest...  

A mere century ago scholars thought that people of 14 000 years ago 
had lived in caves.  In contrast, we have since discovered traces of huts 
constructed by our ancestors up to two million  years ago...  
At the start of Aurignacian Age 36 000 years ago, hunters migrating after 
their game probably  repeated a seasonal pattern of movements. Wherever 
they went, there would have been huts with  durable framing of mammoth 
tusks and bones, which the hunters had built in prior seasons, and which  must
have been more than adequate shelter, for the people and their fire. They 
would have been  definitely preferable to caves, which tend to be cold, damp, 
drafty, dark, and where you can run into fierce predators . What do you do 
when your torch goes out accidentally a mile deep into some  mountain - flic
your BIC? No sir, when people did use caves for temporary shelter, they
tended to keep near entrances. So there would seem to be nomore reason
for these people to venture into  spelunking - combined with painting and
engraving - than for the modern man.  
Is not decorating domes of cathedrals, or natural cathedrals deep within the
Earth more challenging than  slopping paints on canvas at home? Only about 
one individual per ten thousand years of Cromagnon  history made it through,
or around the U-elbow siphons at Niaux somehow. What an incredible performance 
by these ancient visitors, especially, the last three children! So, wherever the
ancients went,  they painted their exquisite art. That fact should seem absurd.
Something is missing, yet none notice it.   What is graffiti? Much graffiti is characterized by " primitive" techniques and 
more often than not,  it is just "lousy art" because it is perpetrated hastily and
negligently. I draw your attention to the  notable absence of graffiti from the 
depth of caves.  
It seems that during the artistic peak of Magdalenian era, around 14 000 B.P., 
those artists also had a knack for discovering recesses so difficult to find that 
no one did find them either before or after  until the modern times, commencing 
in the second half of the last century with the discovery of Altamira  on the Spanish 
side of the Pyreneans. Why don't we find almost any Magdalenian art, which we 
could  deem as beginner's art in these deep inaccessible places? ] Why no Graffiti? 
Obviously, Atlantean,  or not - the ancients held the deep caves in sacred esteem, 
treating them as underground temples  and cathedrals. It is undeniable that once 
we set out to observe and find Vandalism in Prehistory -  we find None, or 
remarkably little!  

Why paint in most inaccessible places? Where the art is guaranteed survival for 
perhaps Hundreds  of Millenia if not for ever?
But isn't that the answer? _ Guaranteed survival till the advent of modern  times...
Hence the frequent choice of places, where only the bravest of the brave 
spelunkers would  dare to venture, squeezing into narrow crawl-spaces, where one
can't even turn around, crawling through slimy, wet darkness! In short, the caves 
would make a rather perfect location for the subtile  Atlanteans, or the ethereal
Aliens to leave their pictorial messages. At any rate, the overall picture is definitely
not what you imply.   

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