As you can see by this map, which shows the locations of caves that have ancient artwork in them, there are a great many. We have surely not found them all, as cave explorers who go into underwater and previously unknown caverns have shown us.
The artwork ranges from the simple to the stunning. The realism, coloring and detail in some of the cave art is striking and could have only come from someone who possessed both tremendous familiarity with the details of their subjects and tremendous artistic ability.
Despite the lofty ex cathedra opinions of our revered materialistic archaeologists, I personally don't think that these drawings had much to do with religious or magical attempts to insure a successful hunt. They may have been attempts to record or describe certain events.
Think about it, though! Who goes into a secluded hole to put a large amount of effort into drawings (in some cases, the same image over and over) that will probably be seen by few, if any - ever?
Answer: Someone who is practicing, before they let their work be seen by others. Perhaps a very young person, just beginning to draw or wanting to hone their skills.
I feel confident in this thought because I once pursued an interest in photography. One guideline that stuck with me was, "If you want to get a reputation as a good photographer, just let people see your best photographs."
(Please forgive my indulgence in speculation. Sometimes I can't help myself, but, at least, I tell you when I'm imagining and when I'm talking about facts.)
So, let's talk about some facts. The vast majority of these paintings are very far inside these caverns, as we've said. The materialists imagine that some hairy, swarthy and skin bikini-ed primitive hesitantly threaded his way back to these areas, using a torch or a crude lamp burning oil from animal fat.
As usual, their technical illiteracy betrays them. Torches don't last long at all, a few minutes at most, unlike the endlessly burning torches that one routinely sees in movies and TV shows. Most surely they would not have lasted long enough to provide the detail necessary for the work we see here.
Secondly, both the torches and the lamps would have produced a great deal of smoke. While the delicate colors of the paintings have survived, apparently unchanged (even though some of them were achieved by mixing organic materials together) for all these millenia, there is no trace of any carbon or soot on the roofs of these caverns.
Thirdly, despite the use of the most sophisticated and harmless sorts of lighting available to modern technology, exposure to these lights are starting to degrade the organic materials of the paints and are causing the images to fade. This has prompted the authorities over many of these places to suspend public tours and to restrict the time scientists are allowed to view these paintings.
Conclusion: These works of art have never previously been exposed to the levels of light that we find common, either torch, lamp or otherwise.
Yet many of these cave paintings are dozens of yards or more from their respective cave mouths. They are most certainly nowhere that any sunlight could reach them. If simple, low-powered fluorescent lamps could fade them, sunlight would have surely erased them by now.
How, then, could the ancient artists have been able to see what they were doing to produce such fine detail and striking colors?
Simple. They could see better.
Follow me on this. We have noted in other blogs the theory, primarily proposed by the work of Carl Baugh and other scientists, based on both Biblical and experimental information, that human beings are not what they were. I don't want to re-hash all of their information, but in summary, the earth's atmosphere was surrounded by a metallic hydrogen shield, the raqqiya or firmament or canopy, that allowed the atmosphere to be more pressurized than it is today and also shielded us from harmful radiation. This allowed greater plant growth, which produced a higher oxygen content in the atmosphere. This higher oxygen level allowed the pre-Flood ancients to be physically superior to anything we can achieve today.
After the Flood, when the raqqiya had been destroyed, the oxygen levels gradually reduced. Medical science knows that one of the first symptoms of oxygen deprivation is impairment of vision. The visual system, being the most delicate and complex, is the neurological system that is most easily damaged.
Work that backwards. If people living in a reduced oxygen environment see more poorly, then it stands to reason that people born and living their lives out in a higher oxygen level would have superior vision to ours.
Perhaps superior to the point that they could see clearly in what we would call pitch dark. What if they could see in light spectra that we can't perceive now - like infrared or ultraviolet?
I don't see another theory that covers all the facts.
Echoes of the ancestors?
This blog has been written with the sole purpose of using the ample evidence available to verify and support the biblical record, while refuting the copious propaganda that is shoved down our throats daily by materialistic uniformitarians.
It is my contention that the Bible describes God's original creation of people with extraordinary capabilities who subsequently built an advanced civilization that exceeds our own. That civilization was destroyed in the Great Flood and we have spent the last 5,000 years trying to re-build that civilization and regain those capabilities. I contend that science supports all this in multiple disciplines, but this information is ignored or suppressed by various people who have an opposing agenda.
Nothing that you see on this blog is original. Any fact that you see here is obtainable on a dozen different websites and books. I use these facts and photos, without violating their copyrights, under the legal principle of fair use practice. That is, I use them one time, for educational purposes only.
The point is, nothing here is made up. The only thing that I do (or need to do) is assemble this information in a discernible pattern.
You might want to read through the first entry posted on this blog (Past Remembering: Thoughts toward a coherent view of our ancient past, our present and our future) in order to understand my theoretical and theological underpinnings more clearly.
The truth is there. You just have to see it.
Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 (NASB)
That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one might say,
“See this, it is new”?
Already it has existed for ages
Which were before us.