Dating of rock art in southern america
With the aid of the Dreamtime snake, the Wandjina descended and spent their Dreamtime creating, teaching and being Gods to the Aboriginals whom they created. They descended into the earth and since then, have lived at the bottom of the water source associated with each of the paintings.There, they continually produce new ‘child-seeds’, which are regarded as the source of all human life.Some Wandjina also returned to the sky, and can now be seen at night as lights moving high above the earth.Aboriginal people, in the Kimberley also believe that even after they disappeared, the Wandjina continued to control everything that happened on the land and in the sky and sea.The story goes like this – the Wandjina were “sky-beings” or “spirits from the clouds” who came down from the Milky Way during Dreamtime and created the Earth and all its inhabitants.Then Wandjina looked upon the inhabitants and realised the enormity of the task and returned home to bring more Wandjinas.However, there are no dates between Apollo 11 and the next oldest - around 10,000 years.It is estimated that the great majority of animal and human figures in southern African rock art were made within the last 7,000 years.
It is said that the Wandjina could punish those who broke the law with floods, lightening and cyclones and the paintings of the Wandjina are believed to possess these powers, therefore according to the Aboriginals they are always to be approached and treated respectfully.Interestingly and of course controversially, objects have been found on geographical sites which suggest the area had been inhabited as long ago as 174,000 B. This contradicts the theory that Aboriginals had their routes in Africa and that inhabitants travelled from Africa to Australia about 60,000 years ago.Other researchers have suggested that Homo sapiens actually originated in Australia .Red and white paintings on the walls are in a different style and technique from those on the small slabs and are likely to be younger.
The painted stones were found in an archaeological layer with Middle Stone Age artefact.Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, rock art and cave paintings have often been considered more myth then reality, like the stories we find in the teachings of modern day religions.