The oldest calendar in the world: the secrets of cave paintings are finally revealed
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After research, scientists realized that the rock paintings carry an encrypted meaning. They were helped by a common furniture restorer
According to a study, the symbols in many of the drawings are encrypted messages from our deep past, when people were hunter-gatherers, according to the Daily Mail.
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The lines and dots that adorn some of our most famous cave drawings have finally been deciphered as the world's oldest calendar, which is over 20,000 years old. The code for these symbols, found in animal images, was deciphered by a London furniture restorer who devoted seven years to this mystery.
Ben Bacon, 68, browsed academic databases during his daily commute; collecting more than 700 images from the Upper Paleolithic period, he found evidence that pigment dots and etched lines on animals measured their mating time.
Now defined as “proto-writing”, these symbols predate others by at least 10,000 years.
Professor Paul Pettitt of Durham University said: “Hundreds of people come to us a year and often they don't find what they think they have found. — but I'm really glad I took Ben seriously.”