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Region's Cave Paintings Studied

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This image in North Alabama depicts a human figure, possibly the shaman/artist himself. Scientist Jan Simek says the figure is interacting with the circle and cross symbol believed to represent the multiple levels of spiritual existence, and the shaman might have been demonstrating how and where he literally crossed the boundary to the underworld inside where the other figure to the right awaits. Contributed Photo by Alan Cressler.

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In the darkness of a Tennessee cave, hundreds or even thousands of years ago, a native of the Cumberland Plateau traced the image of a bird in wet mud.

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