Thursday, 28 August 2014

Utah's Rock Art Explains Disappearance of Entire Civilisation

Evidence of deity worship has been discovered in Horseshoe Canyon's Great Gallery, in southern Utah's Canyonlands National Park. This comes to light not long after Utah State University scientists claimed other paintings are younger than expected.

A team led by the University geologist Joel Pederson used modern dating techniques to document the timing of geologic events and concluded a probable window of time for the creation of the paintings. His findings reveal these paintings were likely made between 1,000 and 2,000 years ago, and not 8,000 as previously hypothesised.

The new paintings, featuring a recurrent symbol of two crude triangles separated by what could be depicted as a pair of horseshoes, reveal a previously unknown deity worship during this era. Further research into the symbol could explain the sudden disappearance of an entire civilisation to have existed in the region.

The new dates and the new paintings suggest that the artists may have co-existed with the Fremont people, who are known for their carved pictographs. Up until now, it was assumed that the existence of the Fremont people halted due to climate change and agricultural reasons. There is now speculation among both locals and scientists that perhaps the deity wiped out both civilisations.

“This raises a lot of archaeological questions,” Pederson admitted.

Author photo (c)Christopher Shoebridge
Mark Cassell lives in a rural part of the UK with his wife and a number of animals. He often dreams of dystopian futures, peculiar creatures, and flitting shadows. Primarily a horror writer, his steampunk, fantasy, and SF stories have featured in several anthologies and ezines.

His debut novel, The Shadow Fabric, is a supernatural story and is available from Amazon.

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