Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Pleiades in the „Salle des Taureaux“, Grotte de Lascaux. Does a Rock Picture in the Cave of Lascaux Show the Open Star Cluster of the Pleiades at the Magdalenian era (ca 15.300 BC)?

Rappenglück, M.
"IVth SEAC Meeting "Astronomy and Culture", p. 217 - 225"
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"The cave of Lascaux (Com. Montignac, Dép. Dordogne, Rég. Aquitaine; : 45°03'17" | N : 01°10´44''E, 216 m above NN) is famous for its prehistoric paintings and above all for is magnificent portrayals of animals in the „Salle des Taureaux“."

"Although the animals receive a great deal of attention during the guided tours the sign-like shapes which are also depicted are mostly passed over. But the puzzle surrounding one of these figures might now have been solved, thereby throwing light on the painting beneath it as well as on all the other pictures. The group of spots floating above the back of the largest Auroch might represent the open cluster of the stars - the Pleiades (M 45/NGC 1432; 3.m0), which lie above the constellation of the bull (Taurus)."

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