Application of the structural analysis method named mindprint, published in 2014, reveals the same core content in Ice Age cave art, as in hundreds of examples from every other era, place, and culture in the world. (An introduction to the book follows below some recently added posts).
The latest example of the mindprint structure in a Chauvet cave charcoal panel in France, indicates the same repertoire of perception and cultural expression as in various kinds of art and artefacts, from the Younger Dryas ‘thaw’ at Gobekli Tepe, to Babylonian, Egyptian, European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, African and American art.
Two other Chauvet panels (see below) were earlier found to express a partly interlocking double imprint (Furter 2014; Mindprint p154 and p155, Lulu.com). In all artworks containing eleven or more characters, each one expresses one of the attributes of a type; always in the same sequence; always with their eyes on an axial grid; and always with some limb joints in the centre indicating the time-frame of the work. Artists then, and now, are not aware that they express the structure of perception.
The set of archetypes in this artwork is listed here, in the standard sequence, with their mythical month or zodiac names (as archetypes, not constellations), with the universal average frequencies of some common attributes in brackets:
2 Taurus as an antelope (19% bovid, not counted here due to abundance), in a twisting posture (48% twisting)
3 Cista Mystica as a jumble of lines (often a woven shape)
3 Aries as an antelope
4 Pisces Pegasus as a horse (sometimes a horse)
4 Galactic south pole on a horse shoulder (50% limb joint)
5 Aquarius20 as an antler (44% varicoloured), large (24% large)
6 Capricornus as an antler, its eye indenting the outline (48% ingress /egress)
7 Sagittarius as ? (often an indistinct shape). Perhaps erased.
9 Scorpius as a bovid, large (often large)
10 Libra as an antler
11 Virgo as an antler’s womb (87% womb)
11 Galactic pole on a hump (68% limb joint)
13 Leo as an antelope heart (85% heart)
14 Cista Head as tally marks (sometimes hieroglyphs)
14 Cancer as an antelope, far from the centre (45% ingress /egress)
15 Gemini as an antelope
15 Gate on a chasm in the rock face, representing a chasm in the landscape.
The ecliptic pole or axial centre is on a horse hoof (26% limb joint). The celestial pole is on a horse knee (50% limb joint), on the vertical plane of most of the figures (one of the pairs of edges of the polar triangles are often vertical or horizontal).
These polar markers place the summer of the subconscious cosmic structure (which is not a star map) in Virgo-Leo, thus the spring, and the cultural inspiration, in Age Gemini-Taurus, about BC 6400. However the time-frame is almost always in the Age or transition before the work, thus this work was probably made in Age Taurus, when autumn was in Scorpius, and winter in Aquarius (both here on corners of the ocular (eye-to-eye) outline. Age Taurus lasted 40 degrees of precession, twice as long as Age Aries, which lasted 20 degrees, due to its compact borders. Subconscious division of ages does not follow the 30-degree divisions of of zodiac months, although Age Pisces lasted the average, of 30 degrees, or about 2100 years.
All five layers of structural expression (attributes; sequence; ocular grid; polar structure; and relation to preceding or current Age), are subconscious to artists, architects, builders and members of any culture.
The general theme here is probably the season, depicted by moulting of neck hair, and contrary movement.
The stoneprint analysis score is 10/25 attributes, 11/16 axes, 5/5 polar markers, 1/4 thematic features; total 27/50, minus 0 extra features off the grid (the half-completed animal with its back on the 3 Aries axis, probably has its eye on that axis); total 27/50, or 54%. Despite the lack of species diversity, and themes that only paleontologists could spot, this panel demonstrates more than half the features identified (Furter 2014; Mindprint p 84 -87). Additional features of subconscious expression may yet be isolated and tested.
The presence of two other mindprints in Chauvet cave, and another in Lascaux cave (p150-151), and another in Niaux (p241), and another in Addaura (p240), and in Peche Merle, and relief carvings on two Gobekli Tepe pillars, confirms that pre-civilised cultures operated on the same principles of perception and expression as modern cultures do. The only differences between these ceilings, and cathedrals such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, is in the scale, time, and budget afforded by empire.
Mindprint is present in all complex art, including modern art (see some of the 200 examples in the book, in other posts on this website, and on http://www.mindprintart.wordpress.com.
- See an article on structural anthropology in the book WWW, Rock art When, Where, to Whom (2016. Atelier Etno).
- See an article on http://www.grahamhancock.com under Author of the month, September 2015, on cultural structure.