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Experts have revealed details of the mysterious 8,000-year-old cave paintings found in the world’s largest meteorite crater.
The rock carvings have been found in the Vredefort impact structure, is a 186-km-wide crater in South Africa, which was formed by an asteroid strike is approximately 2 billion in the year-ago period.
The crater of the volcano, which is in the land of the Free-State Province, has been known for more than 100 years old, according to Dr. Matthew Huber is a senior lecturer in economic geology at the University of the free state. Located in the centre of the Witwatersrand goldfields, the structure of which is thought to be an impact crater since 1961, he told Fox News by e-mail.
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“What is the most interesting, scientifically, the impact of the structure, the so-called Granophyre Dikes’, ” he added. “It is a long, narrow features which can be up to 10 kilometers [6.2 miles] long and 5 meters [16.4 feet] in width. They are made out of a brown and grey rock, full of fragments of various stones into it. The work on the levees was established firmly that they are produced by the impact.
A rock carving of a hippopotamus was discovered at the site of the asteroid impact. (Tr. Matthew S. Huber)
A research paper on top of the site, which has been published in the journal Geology, experts from the University of the free state, University of Vienna, and the Zavaritsky Institute of Geology and Geochemistry, Russia.
Scientists have known that the dikes were formed by molten material from the asteroid’s impact, and is now trying to work out how to do this, material is moved from the surface to the depth of the crater.
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The site also has a lot of meaning in the study of prehistoric cultures. We have pointed out that the area around the dike is filled with artifacts and carvings of the Khoi-San indigenous people of South Africa. “It is clear that they, too, recognized the significance of the site. What is amazing is that the same dikes that we can see most of the geological significance, it also had the most spiritual significance to these ancient people.”
One of the petroglyphs found at the Vredefort impact structure.
(Tr. Matthew S. Huber)
There are several different “generations” of the engravings at the site, ranging from 8,000 years ago to as recently as 500 years ago. “The levee is almost sure to be used as a rain making site, and we know this because of cave paintings that have been there,” said Huber. The art styles have changed through time, as well as some of the carvings have been altered (i.e., the change of the head of the animal to a different animal). However, what remains a constant at the site is to connect with rainmaking.”
The sculptures appear to be pictures of the hippos, rhinos, antelopes, and horses. The shape of the dike is similar to the “Rain Serpent,” said Huber.
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The geologist also told Fox News that he will be the first visit of Vredefort, in the year 2010. “The engravings are of a relatively well-known in the global scientific community, and certainly by all of the geologists who have studied Vredefort, in great detail, but I was surprised to learn that the carvings were not in the Free State archaeological register,” he said. “As soon as we learned of the archaeological and anthropological communities, do not have to have to know about the site, we immediately began to search for help in the study of these functions, etc., etc ..
A rock carving of an antelope, was discovered at the site.
(Tr. Matthew S. Huber)
More work is planned on the site, which consists of creating a 3-d model of the dams and the collection of geophysical data on the rock around and beneath the site. “We will collect samples from the mounds and the fragments are absorbed by the banks in order to have their study of chemistry, and we will make sure the microscope slides in order to study in the laboratory, when we got back to the university,” says Huber. “In addition, we will also be visiting some new sites that we haven’t seen yet, and we don’t really know what we’re going to find out!”
The other pre-historic sites to reveal their secrets. Archaeologists in France, for example, it has recently been discovered to have a mysterious stone block, a prehistoric hunting site.
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“The Granophyre dyke,” (Tr. Elizaveta Kovaleva)
The stone was found during excavations in the town of Angoulême, in the south-west of the country. A number of engravings have been carved into the stone, including horses, deer, and aurochs, an extinct species of wild cattle.
This is the image of the Granophyre Dyke,” which was produced by robert. Martin Clark, with the help of imagery from the National Geospatial Information (NGI) and the Department of Land Development, and land reform (DRDLR) in South Africa
(Tr. Martin Clark/NGI/DRDLR)
Last year, approximately 12,000-year-old art found in a cave in the east of the country. The drawings were hidden beneath the graffiti for the ages.
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