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    A Huge Trove of Rock Art Has Been Discovered on an Uninhabited Caribbean Island (LINK)



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    Thousands of art pieces produced by a vanished civilisation have been uncovered on a Caribbean island, shining a light on a long-lost culture from the days before Europeans arrived.

    The mix of faces, hybrid human-animal beings, and complex geometric designs marking the walls of Mona Island's caves has revealed details about the beliefs and lifestyle of a people who Columbus mistook for Indians, helping their descendants connect with a history buried by time.

    Mona Island is a 57 square kilometre (22 square mile) crop of uninhabited limestone and wilderness a little to the west of Puerto Rico.

    Today it's a nature reserve. Wind back the clock five centuries, and it was thriving with an indigenous population who would soon be invaded by the violence and illnesses of the outside world.

    The descendants of the Taíno live on, but their historians have been left to pull what they can from the Caribbean's archaeology to develop an understanding of their practices and beliefs from the days before European contact.

    Fortunately, the Taíno of Mona Island literally left their mark on the walls of the island's caves, painting and scraping images into the limestone.
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    Default Re: A Huge Trove of Rock Art Has Been Discovered on an Uninhabited Caribbean Island

    Now that it has been discovered, what is being done to protect it?
    Has any meaning been interpreted from the drawings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Greer View Post
    Has any meaning been interpreted from the drawings?
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    Default Re: A Huge Trove of Rock Art Has Been Discovered on an Uninhabited Caribbean Island

    Has anyone traced Amish Rob's travels recently? They may not be that old...

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    Default Re: A Huge Trove of Rock Art Has Been Discovered on an Uninhabited Caribbean Island

    In other news I saw that there is a huge new island of floating plastic trash in the area. Progress huh?

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    Default Re: A Huge Trove of Rock Art Has Been Discovered on an Uninhabited Caribbean Island

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Greer View Post
    Now that it has been discovered, what is being done to protect it?
    This Puertp Rican island already has 200 caves of well known rock paintings as well as Spanish explorer graffiti. It is already protected by allowing only U.S. rangers and biologists to reside on it, although visitors are allowed. This I got from Wiki, but what I already knew was this was one of the islands well used by human traffickers to dump their load of paying passengers, next to be rescued at taxpayer expense by coast guard, immigration, etc, etc.
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    Thanks for the info. There is a cave just above Santa Barbara CA that has beautiful paintings that have been vandalized by members of the modern "Brainless Tribe". I used to stop there and marvel at the color and ability of the ancient artist or artists back when I was in College in another time warp. It is now protected by an iron grill.
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