Astronomy in Prehistoric Time


The more we dig into prehistoric archeology the more we find artifacts and cave paintings possibly related to astronomical observations. More and more professional prehistorians are open to this idea.


The classic example is the Lascaux Cave in France. Some painted walls might be a symbolic representation of a starry sky.


Among the many Lascaux paintings, we find this bull drawn with black dots that match the stars map of the Taurus constellation: The Pleiades cluster (Pl); the Hyades cluster (Hya) forming its typical triangle with Aldebaran (Ald); the 3 stars of Orion’s belt. Is it just an extraordinary coincidence? If it was intentional that means the Taurus constellation was already designed in the Upper Paleolithic time.​

We are so used to perceive cavemen as primitive that many prehistorians wouldn’t conceive that they were interested in memorizing some sort of sky map. The choc is greater when we consider some of the Homo erectus tools found at Bilzingsleben in Germany.