Time of great change
Around 2,000 years ago, in a sandstone cave in the western US state of Utah,
a slab of rock appears to have detached from the cave wall leaving a flat
exposed surface, upon which over the succeeding centuries, artists drew.
The strange, life-size drawings of humans may have emerged during a time of
„great change“, suggests Professor of Anthropology at Utah State University,
Steven Simms: During that time, cereal farmers were migrating in great numbers
into the region from the south superseding the formerly predominant
hunter-gatherer society by one based on agriculture.
What significance these unearthly figures had for the declining hunter-gatherers
can only be speculated upon, says Simms. Perhaps the cave drawings are an
expression of an ancient tradition by which the threatened people attempted to
orientate themselves in an overwhelming situation „in order to draw strength
Source: National Geographic April 2015