Lascaux decoded

Two years ago, with Dimitrios Tsikritsis, I decoded Gobekli Tepe. Last year, with Alistair Coombs, I extended this work to include some of the most famous Neolithic and Palaeolithic archaeological sites across Europe, including Lascaux. You can find our work, peer-reviewed and published, at

We discovered that the form of proto-writing used at Gobekli Tepe extends back at least 40,000 years. Sites such as Catalhoyuk, Gobekli Tepe, Lascaux, Chauvet, Altamira and so on all use the same code for writing dates. The code is in the form of animal symbols, which represent constellations. Precession of the equinoxes is used to write a date. With the four animal symbols representing the solstices and equinoxes of a given year, a date with an accuracy of a few hundred years can be written.

Specifically at Lascaux, we have been able to decode the famous Lascaux Shaft Scene. This scene features four animals; a bull, duck, rhino and horse. This gives a date of 15,200 BC. Just like the Vulture Stone at Gobekli Tepe (which has probably been mis-named - it should really be called the 'Eagle Stone' or 'Hawk Stone') this date refers to a catastrophic encounter with the Taurid meteor stream, this time from the direction of Capricorus, represented by the wounded bull.

Of course, the invention of astronomical constellations is normally credited to a Mesopotamian Civilisation, a few millennia BC, with precession of the equinoxes credited to Hipparchus a few Centuries BC. But with this new evidence, we can push back those dates by at least 35,000 years. The statistical, i.e. scientific, evidence is so strong that this is effectively proven. You would have to be irrational to continue to believe the current Mesopotamian paradigm.

This debate is described in detail in my new book Prehistory Decoded, available from online bookshops. See also my personal website Prehistory Decoded .

Rear wall of the Lascaux Shaft Scene
Front wall of the Lascaux Shaft Scene
The horse figurine of Vogelherd cave