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Region's Cave Paintings Studied

Tennessee's earliest inhabitants used art to explore and explain their world. They're long gone, but the images they scratched into mud, rock and cave walls remain all over the Cumberland Plateau. Researchers are studying nearly 100 rock and cave art images carbon-dated between 500 and 6,000 years old that the believe are linked to the spiritual understandings of the people who created them. “We started to see a relationship,” researcher Jan Simek said. “This artwork was mapped onto the landscape in a way, we believe, that reflected basic tenets of prehistoric religious beliefs.”

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Author and researcher Jan Simek takes a close look at some native American rock art ...

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This image in North Alabama depicts a human figure, possibly the shaman/artist himself. Scientist Jan ...

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This image, incised in mud in a Tennessee cave, is still wet as the day ...

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This charcoal image is in the Dunbar Cave in the state park of the same ...

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This charcoal rendering of scorpions is in a North Georgia cave. Scorpions are part of ...

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Two tiny turkey engravings, on the wall of a cave in Tennessee, are depicted in ...

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The figure at the center of this image holding weapons in his hands is the ...

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A high-resolution laser scanner is used by Chattanooga-based RLS Group to assist in revealing images ...

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