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2014-01-09 07:57:09 AM  
Spider-Rock!
Spider-Rock!
Does whatever a Spider-Rock does!
Can it swing from a web?
No it can't
It's a rock
 
2014-01-09 08:07:15 AM  
If I was to wildly speculate about it, I wouldn't say spiders.  Looks more like some sort of tally for something.
 
2014-01-09 08:15:20 AM  
Im not saying its meaningless doodling but...
 
2014-01-09 08:18:24 AM  
Maybe they were just trying to pay off a debt.
 
2014-01-09 08:25:40 AM  
Looks like giant spiders dropping from palm trees to eat people back when northern Africa was far wetter and supported more life...coincidentally, around the time TFA says the work might date from.

They're still there, you know. The giant spiders. They live now in underground warrens, draping cracked statues of Neith in their killing webs, waiting for another subpluvial era to push the sands back so they can emerge again and sate their arachnid hunger for warm, juicy mammal flesh.

Of course, there wasn't much to eat down there, so now they're miniature giant spiders. Still deadly, obviously...
 
2014-01-09 08:37:32 AM  
So a picture of 4 bumps, 2 of which have 4 lines coming off of them, and a bunch of other random lines. Yeah, must be spiders. Couldn't possibly be anything else. Like I don't know. The random scratchings of a dying neanderthal.
 
2014-01-09 08:39:11 AM  
Spiders from Mars.
 
2014-01-09 08:48:46 AM  
AgentPothead

The random scratchings of a dying neanderthal.

A neandertal dying in Egypt six-thousand years ago would be a huge deal.
 
2014-01-09 08:53:03 AM  

AgentPothead: So a picture of 4 bumps, 2 of which have 4 lines coming off of them, and a bunch of other random lines. Yeah, must be spiders. Couldn't possibly be anything else. Like I don't know. The random scratchings of a dying neanderthal.


He wouldn't carve "Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh!"  He'd just say it.

www.craveonline.com
 
2014-01-09 08:54:32 AM  

Facetious_Speciest: AgentPothead

The random scratchings of a dying neanderthal.

A neandertal dying in Egypt six-thousand years ago would be a huge deal.


The last of his kind, Tharg knew that he had to pass the warning on somehow. Using his dwindling strength he scratched the warning onto a rock using the Base 42 self contained mathematical language, doing the calculations in his head. Simple enough for a child of his tribe to understand, the language contained all the information in the message needed to decode it. Hopefully those who would come later would be smart enough to decode the spider-like lines and avert the impending disaster.
 
2014-01-09 08:55:36 AM  

jtown: AgentPothead: So a picture of 4 bumps, 2 of which have 4 lines coming off of them, and a bunch of other random lines. Yeah, must be spiders. Couldn't possibly be anything else. Like I don't know. The random scratchings of a dying neanderthal.

He wouldn't carve "Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh!"  He'd just say it.

[www.craveonline.com image 445x300]



Perhaps he was dictating?
 
2014-01-09 09:19:51 AM  
Meanwhile, beneath the Sphinx...

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2014-01-09 09:28:53 AM  
lh3.ggpht.com
 
2014-01-09 09:38:50 AM  
The one all the way on the right looks more like a ball with wings. Could mean something or it could just be some neanderthal kid drawing spiders on a rock. I'm sure Giorgio Crazy Hair will have a field day with this.
 
2014-01-09 09:47:09 AM  
How long until the religious nutjobs blow it up.
 
2014-01-09 09:56:48 AM  
This an actual problem in archaeological interpretation: what if the thing is idiosyncratic? One guy did this one time in reality, but there is no way to observe that short of a time machine so we have to interpret the findings in such a way that it leaves room for potential new findings.
 
2014-01-09 09:59:16 AM  

Doc Batarang: This an actual problem in archaeological interpretation: what if the thing is idiosyncratic?


It's certainly simple enough to be.  That's one of the leading theories about the Voynich manuscript as well.  Among the well fed ones, ancient people had a LOT of time on their hands.
 
2014-01-09 11:10:29 AM  

edmo: How long until the religious nutjobs blow it up.


Shock and Awe, baby.

/christian nation
 
2014-01-09 11:59:03 AM  

Jodeo: [lh3.ggpht.com image 600x442]


Came for this, partly.  Adding this:

www.ebasic.netbenefit.com

/now satisfied
 
2014-01-09 12:23:46 PM  
files.abovetopsecret.com
 
2014-01-09 12:24:35 PM  

nekom: Doc Batarang: This an actual problem in archaeological interpretation: what if the thing is idiosyncratic?

It's certainly simple enough to be.  That's one of the leading theories about the Voynich manuscript as well.  Among the well fed ones, ancient people had a LOT of time on their hands.


I remember reading about age societies in the Northern Plains, and the thing that really stood out is that the genre of ethnography really tends to lend these things a kind of significant permanence and ancient age. Today, these practices are sort of frozen in time and observed as being inviolate practices of the ancestors if they are followed at all. In reality though, these dances and material trappings and behaviours were all in a wide range of ages and areas, many of them seemed obviously and overtly idiosyncratic - someone DID think up a new dance, a new kind of wand, something they wanted in THEIR personal medicine bundle - because part of being human is definitely inventing an imaginary internal life.

Somebody liked spiders and found a rock to draw some spiders on. However, archaeology can't know what we vernacularly suspect because it's totally impossible to determine whether or not it's true.
 
2014-01-09 09:46:59 PM  

AgentPothead: So a picture of 4 bumps, 2 of which have 4 lines coming off of them, and a bunch of other random lines. Yeah, must be spiders. Couldn't possibly be anything else. Like I don't know. The random scratchings of a dying neanderthal.


I think it must have been drawn for a religious ritual.

/isn't that what everything archaeologists don't understand is attributed to?
 
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