1.2.5 Prehistoric Origin Of Mathematics
(Including The Study Of Myths And Examples Of Academic Ignorance)
Chapter 5 Mammoth Bone Homes
(Writing And Numbers Came From A Prehistoric Civilization -
Prehistoric knowledge was not magic but from experiencing reality)
5 Mammoth bone homes. (Scroll the 20 images)
5 Mammoth bone homes
Mammoth bone homes gave us knowledge of how Europeans were feeding on the Mammoths in pre-historic times (allegorically "After the garden of Eden").
This chapter is background on the mammoth and the demonstration of its bones as part of home building. In the next chapter will investigate how these huge animals were transported.
Painting in red on the front of mammoth skull found at the entrance to one of the huts at the mammoth hunter's settlement at Mezhirich in the former Soviet Union. It is thought that the red design may represent the flames and sparks of a fire.
I believe that the markings represent a map of the rivers they used to float the heavy body parts home and the dots may represent kills!
Photo: K. Sklenar, 'Hunters of the Stone Age'
At Mezhirich in 1965, a farmer dug up the lower jawbone of a mammoth while in the process of expanding his cellar. Further excavations revealed
the presence of four huts, made up of a total of 149 mammoth bones. These dwellings, dating back some 15,000 years, were determined to have been some of the
oldest shelters known to have been constructed by pre-historic man. Mezhirich or Mezhyrich or Межиріч, is a village in
central Ukraine near the point where the Rosava River flows into the Ros.
(text above adapted from Wikipedia)
The early prehistorians of the last century were understandably concerned with establishing the order and sequence of their materials, since no means of exact dating existed to help them. They often sank narrow pits down through the deposit with the sole object of establishing which tools came from which layer, thereby forming a picture of technical changes from one age to the next. These studies are still important but leave unanswered many questions about the kind of society to which the toolmakers belonged. Much broader information is obtained today, not just by digging downward, but by digging outward, or horizontally, at the same time. If the conditions of preservation are favorable, the archaeologist traces and follows the original floor on which the prehistoric inhabitants walked, hoping to expose the remains of hearths and wooden structures. Each layer is successively peeled off over as wide an area as possible. The patterns of flint and bone debris scattered across each floor can give important clues to the particular types of activities that were once carried on there.
The change from narrow pits to broad exposures was an innovation not of the French but of the Russians. In the early years of this century, Russian archaeologists first began encountering thick concentrations of animal bones on the terraces of such great Ukrainian rivers as the Dniester and the Don. Pits sunk here and there could make no sense of the dense bone heaps, but as soon as the remains were opened up horizontally over a broad area, the picture came clear. The bones once formed the foundations and frameworks.of houses built when wood was scarce and the shelter of caves unavailable. Since the late 1920s, such bone houses have been found in considerable numbers, often clustered together in little "villages" of four or five houses in the fertile valleys of the Ukraine- The same method of construction has appeared as far west as Kracow, in Poland, where recent excavations in the city center revealed three rings of mammoth bones exactly similar to those in Russia and dating to about 20 000 years ago.
Some of these bone buildings were remarkable structures in their time. One of the most intricate was discovered in 1965 at a place called Mezherich, near Kiev in the Ukraine. A farmer, digging his cellar, almost two meters below ground level, struck the massive lower jaw of a mammoth with his spade. The jawbone was upside down, and had been inserted into the bottom of another jaw like a child's building brick. In fact, as subsequent excavation showed, a complete ring of these inverted interlocking jaws formed the solid base of a roughly circular hut four or five meters across. About three dozen huge, curving mammoth tusks had been used as arching supports for the roof and for the porch, some of them still left in their sockets in the skulls. Separate lengths of tusks were even linked in laces by a hollow sleeve of ivory that fitted over the join. It has been stimated that the total of bones incorporated in the structure must have belonged to a minimum of ninety-five mammoths. This need ,not be a measure of some prodigious hunting feat, since gnawing marks of carnivores suggest that many of them were scavenged. However, the task of dragging the enormous skulls across country should not be underestimated since a-small one weighed about one hundred kilograms. It is likely that this extremely solid framework, when completed, was covered with hides just like the skin and whalebone huts built by Siberian coastal hunters during the nineteenth century.
Inside the Mezherich building, there were some remarkable finds: amber ornaments and fossil shells, transported an estimated 350 to 500 kilometres from their source, and the remains of one of the earliest percussion instruments ever found. The "drum" consisted of a mammoth skull set at the entrance porch and painted with a pattern of red ocher dots and lines. The top of this skull bears depressions where it seems to have been beaten by "drumsticks," the animal long bones that were found to bear corresponding damage on their ends. It is possible that the building may have served some ritual or communal function at which the mammoth bone rhythms were beaten out, although many Ukrainian huts of a similar size seem to have been ordinary living places.
In the far west, there was simply no need for such solid structures because shelter was provided by limestone overhangs and cave mouths. Nevertheless, the same principles of excavation pioneered in Russia have revealed traces of "interior design" at a number of cave sites, such as the remains of wooden partitions and lean-to structures that would have helped to exclude cold and damp. In addition, temporary open-air camps are being discovered in increasing numbers in western Europe. Several of these appear to be summertime halts occupied by small groups of hunters who may have joined up with larger groups to live in the shelter of caves during the winter. At the most thoroughly investigated of all these camps, situated at Pincevent in the Seine valley, a meticulous attention to detail allowed the excavator to reconstruct the outlines of three light skin tents occupied by a small summer band of reindeer hunters. Although no wooden or bone foundations had survived, the shape of the structures was revealed partly by the pattern of flint flakes struck off by toolmakers inside the tents. The paths traced by some of the flakes had clearly been interrupted by the hide walls.
Text above: 'Secrets of the Ice Age' by E. Hadingham
Vegetation Zones of the Ukraine at the height of the last glacial
This site dates from about 15 000 bp.
Discovered (1965) as with many other similar sites in the Ukraine when a farmer began excavating a cellar a short distance from his front door.
Excavated originally by I.G. Pidoplichko. Recent research (Sarah Mason at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/profiles/smason/smmezher.htm) indicates
that there is a significant quantity of wood charcoal at the Mezhirich site, which is surprising when you consider that most researchers have assumed that the
area was essentially treeless. The wood charcoal could perhaps have come from small woody shrubs.
S. Mason has also found tap root material from the compositae family, which includes daisies and dandelions, at Dolni Vestonice. These roots are often quite edible. See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/profiles/smason/smdolnv.htm
A useful book may be:
Pidoplichko, I. H. Upper Palaeolithic dwellings of mammoth bones in the Ukraine: Kiev-Kirillovskii, Gontsy, Dobranichevka, Mezin and Mezhirich. Oxford: J. and E. Hedges, 1998. 276 p. University Museum Library GN414.3.B64 P53 1998
Mezhirich reconstruction Dwelling 1 - back
This reconstruction is in the Kiev Museum of Paleontology
Just the bones for each dwelling weighed about 20 tonnes, (around 20 000 kg or 45 000 pounds) and around 900 kg (almost one tonne, around 2 000 pounds) of Mammoth bone was used per square metre of floor space.
Photo (left): O.Soffer, 'The Upper Paleolithic of the Central Russian Plain' (right) http://vivovoco.rsl.ru/VV/JOURNAL/NATURE/03_03/PALEORUS.HTM
ch Dwelling 4 Excavation, 1979 season
Photo: O.Soffer, 'The Upper Paleolithic of the Central Russian Plain'
It is my understanding that this archaeological site at Mezhirich, Dwelling 4, is now protected by a metal roof.
Mezhirich Cross Section
Left: Mezhirich location: 1, contemporary structures (houses etc) 2, bore holes.
Right: Mezhirich Cross Section: 1, soil; 2, loess, loess-like loam; 3, colluvium; 4, alluvium; 5, relic stratified alluvium; 6, Paleogene deposits; 7, Kharkov sand; 8, Poltava sand; 9, clay; 10, cultural remains; 11, isolated small granite boulders; 12, isolated pieces of silica pebble and siliceous chips; 13, shells, fresh water molluscs; 14, burrows
Photo: O.Soffer, 'The Upper Paleolithic of the Central Russian Plain'
Hoffecker J., 2002: Desolate landscapes: Ice-Age settlement in Eastern Europe, Rutgers University Press
5.1 Mammoth Facts( http://www.principia.edu/mammoth/mammothfacts.htm )
From Mammoths by Dr. Larry D. Agenbroad and Lisa Nelson. Copyright 2002 Lerner Publications Company, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, 241First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401. Used by permission. All rights reserved
Mammoth Facts Handout
5.1.1 MAMMOTH ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION
Order Proboscidea (includes all elephants)
Proboscideans evolved ~50 million years ago (mya)
Proboscis = long flexible snout
Mammoths are NOT closely related to mastodons.
Mastodons evolved ~25 mya and are quite different from mammoths in size, diet, structure, habitat
Mammoths are NOT the ancestors of the modern elephant.
Elephantids split into 3 main groups (making them like first cousins) ~3-5 mya
Mammuthus (mammoths - now extinct)
Loxodonta (L. africana = modern African elephant)
Elephas (E. maximus = modern Asian elephant)
Mammoths occurred originally in Africa
Then moved north into Europe and Asia
Steppe mammoth evolved into woolly mammoth
Woolly mammoth traveled into North America via the land bridge (Central Beringia) ~1.8 mya
Ancestral mammoth traveled into North America and evolved into Columbian mammoth
5.1.2 What is Our knowledge of mammoths is based on?
Woolly Mammoth - Mammuthus primigenius
Jefferson's Mammoth - Mammuthus jeffersonii
Male, based on tusks
Large tusks (massive; ~6.5 ft long)
Mature, based on teeth
39-43 years old in African Elephant Years
M3 molars - # of plates tell us his age
Amount of wear on molars refines his age
Flat molars for grinding grass
10.8 feet tall at shoulder (3 times the length of the humerus)
Ate ~300 pounds of vegetation a day
Weighed ~ 6 tons
Head is 12-25% of body weight -->short neck --> long nose to reach ground
Buried in wind-blown silt (loess)
Loess blankets bluffsSilt derived from glacial deposits in flood plainAccumulated from 12,000-55,000 years ago
Our mammoth is in the upper part of the loess so it is estimated to have died ~17,500 years ago
5.1.4 CLIMATE HABITAT
From 1.65 million years ago to ~10,000 years ago
This area - last glacier melted about 125,000 years ago
Climate - cold, windy at times (dust storms)
Habitat - tundra-like steppe environment, grassland
5.1.5 How Did They Survive the Cold?
• Hairy coat - 3 layers
• Outer guard hairs - coarse, 3’ long in places
• Underfur - thinner, shorter, 10-12" long
• Thick layer of wool next to skin - 1-3" long
• ~4" of fat beneath its skin to insulate it
• Small ears and short tail (less heat loss)
5.1.6 COMPARING MAMMOTHS, MASTODONS, AND MODERN ELEPHANTS
Ancestral mammoth (Mammuthus meridionalis)
13’ tall - lived in warm tropical forests - died out as climate cooled
Steppe mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii)
14’ tall - became extinct
Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi)
13’ tall, weighed 10 tons - low-latitude temperate grasslands - large ears
Woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius)
11’ tall, weighed 6-8 tons - cold arctic steppe (grassland) - head high-crowned - grazer
Jefferson's mammoth ( Mammuthus jeffersonii )
Intermediate between Columbian and Woolly
Mastodon (Mammut americanum) (not a mammoth)
shorter, stockier - 8-10’ tall - head more sloped - teeth had pointed ridges/cones à browser
ate branches, twigs, leaves, roots, melons
African elephant (Loxodonta africana)
10’ tall, weighs 6 tons (up to 11 tons) - big ears shaped like Africa - no domes on head
back dips in the middle - longer legs than Asian elephant - teeth like mammoth - flat
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
shorter, weighs 5 tons - smaller ears
double domes on head - rounded or hump-shaped back
5.1.7 EXTINCTION OF MAMMOTHS BY 11,000 YEARS AGO
1. Dramatic climate change that affected vegetation patterns and hence, food source
2. Over-hunting by humans
3. New diseases introduced by animals and humans crossing on the land bridge from Siberia - no direct evidence exists to support this
4. Meteorite impact
Many scientists believe that it was a combination of the first two theories - climate and humans -
that caused the extinction of mammoths and many other large mammals by around 11,000 years ago.
5.2 What killed the woolly mammoth?
Published in Science in School (http://www.scienceinschool.org)
The authors’ findings suggest that mammoths experienced a catastrophic loss of habitat: as the last glaciers retreated and the planet warmed, 90% of the animals’ former habitat disappeared. Prime mammoth habitat progressively shrank from 7.7 million square kilometres 42 000 years ago (in the midst of the last glacial advance) until just 0.8 million square kilometres remained 6000 years ago. The animals were restricted to isolated tracts spotted across Eurasia and tiny patches squeezed up against the northern coastal edges.
Although the near obliteration of their habitat would have placed great pressure on the species, the situation appeared even more dire during the previous glacial retreat 126 000 years ago, when only 0.3 million square kilometres of prime habitat existed. At that time, the species probably teetered on the brink of extinction, as geographically isolated groups experienced declines in genetic diversity and fitness. Even so, the mammoths had managed to survive that crucible. What was different about the Holocene? The remaining mammoth herds faced a foe that hadn’t existed 126 000 years ago: human hunters.
Humans evolved to their modern form during the Pleistocene and migrated north with the final retreat of the glaciers, hunting mammoths as they advanced. By the middle of the Holocene, mammoth populations were so vulnerable that it would not have taken much hunting pressure to push them to extinction. The authors’ most optimistic estimates of mammoth population size and density suggest that if each human killed just one mammoth every three years, the species would become extinct. More pessimistic estimates suggest that the loss of as few as one mammoth every 200 years (per human in its territory) might have sealed the animals’ fate.
Other evidence may yet be uncovered that would support the authors’ contention that mammoth populations made vulnerable by climate change were finished off by human hunting. For example, the authors’ habitat models suggest new areas on the Eurasian continent where mammoth fossils may be found. Expeditions to these locations could determine whether mammoth populations lived there, and provide more evidence to help researchers continue the shift from qualitative to quantitative interpretations of the data.
This article was first published in PLoS Biology and is reproduced with kind permission.
These references are freely available online.
Gross L (2006) Reading the evolutionary history of the woolly mammoth in its mitochondrial genome. PLoS Biology 4(3): e74. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0040074
Nogués-Bravo D et al (2008) Climate change, humans, and the extinction of the woolly mammoth. PLoS Biology 6(4): e79. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060079
w1 – For details of the film Ice Age, see the Internet Movie Database: www.imdb.com/title/tt0268380
For more accurate accounts of the decline of mammoth populations than is provided in the film Ice Age, see two BBC TV documentaries: Both are available on DVD.
1. The last episode of Walking with Cavemen. See the Internet Movie Database:
www.imdb.com/title/tt0370053 and the BBC website: www.bbc.co.uk/sn/prehistoric_life/tv_radio/wwcavemen
2. Walking with Beasts. See the Internet Movie Database: www.imdb.com/title/tt0286285 and the BBC website:
3. A very good BBC Radio 4 programme on the fate of mammoths can be heard
5.3 The need for big boats and crews that could work together.
The Mammoth bone homes are proof that they transported the heavy (12,000 to 16,000 pound) carcass.
The wooden boats and rafts have long ago decayed but prehistoric drawing of them remain.
Gobustan National Park (Azerbaijani: Qobustan Milli Parkı) officially Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is a hill and mountain site occupying the southeast ending of the Big Caucasian Ridge, mainly in the basin of Jeyrankechmaz River, between the rivers Pirsagat and Sumgait. It is located west of the settlement of Gobustan, about 40 miles (64 km) southwest of the centre of Baku on the west bank of the Caspian Sea.
The territory of Gobustan is cut up with numerous, sometimes rather deep ravines (in Azerbaijani: gobu). That is a suggested origin of the Gobustan geographical name.
In 1966 Gobustan was declared a national historical landmark of Azerbaijan in an attempt to preserve the ancient carvings, relics, mud volcanoes and gas-stones in the region. The mountains Boyukdash, Kichikdash, Jingirdag, and the Yazili hill were taken under legal government protection. These mountains are located near the Caspian Sea, in the southeast part of Gobustan.
In 2007 Gobustan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered to be of "outstanding universal value" for the quality and density of its rock art engravings, for the substantial evidence the collection of rock art images presents for hunting, fauna, flora and lifestyles in pre-historic times and for the cultural continuity between prehistoric and medieval times that the site reflects.
Throughout many centuries under impact of the sun, wind, seismic activity and various atmospheric precipitation, blocks of stones broke away from the edges of a vast limestone layer and rolled down the slopes. Here, in the area displaying the fantastic scene of destruction, the huge blocks of stones and rocks chaotically pressed against each other, forming about 20 big and small caves and the canopies serving as a natural shelter to the inhabitants.
The archeological value of Gobustan was discovered when a group of men went in to mine for gravel in 1930. While the zone is abundant in boulders and stone formations, one mine employee noticed the sacred carvings on the rocks. They also discovered man-made caves wherein more of the drawings can be found.
Gobustan is very rich in archaeological monuments. The reserve has more than 6,000 rock engravings dating back between 5,000 - 40,000 years. The site also features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements and burials, all reflecting an intensive human use by the inhabitants of the area during the wet period that followed the last Ice Age, from the Upper Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. The site, which covers an area of 537 ha, is part of the larger protected Gobustan Reservation.
Most of the rock engravings depict primitive men, animals, battle-pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed oarsmen, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans, pictures of sun and stars.
The petroglyphs and rock engravings are an exceptional testimony to a way of life that has disappeared, graphic representations of activities connected with hunting and fishing at a time when the climate and vegetation of the area were warmer and wetter than today.
Iskhag Jafarzadeh who was one of the pioneers of Azerbaijan archaeology and ethnography, excavated over seventy artifacts on Azerbaijan's territory and studied the Gobustan rock paintings. In 1948 during the Gobustan expedition, he discovered the Latin rock inscription near mountain Boyukdash, some 70 km far from Baku, which is the easternmost Roman evidence to be known.
Petroglyphs from Gobustan are depicted on the reverse of the Azerbaijani 5 manat banknote issued since 2006.
Today Gobustan is the most popular state reserve and is an invaluable treasure-house of Azerbaijan. For other state reserves see State Reserves of Azerbaijan. For other state reserves see State Reserves of Azerbaijan.
5.4 Summarizing the background:
In this background we showed:
1. Homes were built of mammoth bones. Actually, in the upper and middle Dniepr basin, many settlements, built with a large number of mammoth bones, have been discovered : Ioudinovo, Timonovka 1 2, Elisseevitchi 1, 2, Suponevo, Mizine, Kiev-Kirilivska, Dobranichivka, Ginsy (Gontsy), Mejiriche. All these sites are dated by 14C around 15,000 BP.
2. As mammoths were becoming extinct they had to travel hundreds of miles in their hunting.
3. The mammoths eat ~300 pounds of vegetation a day and weighed in the order of ~6 tons.
4. Mammoths would have been near the water. Hunters built large rafts and dugouts to float the meet home.
The purpose of this background was to show the truth of the knowledge of reality that motivated quantification of star movement and location for sailing and hence founded astronomy and mathematics. Then through affluence the power class hired child care distorting child development and creating sophist and manipulators that perverted the math and astronomy into astrology and planet worship.
In modern times the perverted description of physical reality has been thrown out. But "they threw the baby out with the bath water!" Experimental Physics and hands-on Engineering have done wonders but academically, Theoretical Physics and the Social Sciences have gone bonkers for political support and funding by playing to the same weakness in human child development that destroyed ancient Egypt, Babylon, Athens and Rome.
The two main causes of civilization, 1. Sailing, 2. Domestication of the horse.
The main cause of narcissistic and sadomasochistic corruption was development of a ruling class corrupted child care.
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