Ancient Mysteries

5,000-Year-Old Paintings Feature Alien Or Heavenly Figures With Horns On Their Heads

5,000-Year-Old Paintings Feature Alien Or Heavenly Figures With Horns On Their Heads

Experts have been left stumped after rock art images, which are believed to have been painted some 5,000 years ago during the Bronze Age, were discovered. They appear to have been made with a sophisticated scientific understanding of the universe, long before modern civilization even existed.

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It is the red colours that especially fascinate the experts.

The images, which were discovered near Karakol village in the Altai Republic in Russia, show alien figures with round horns and feathers on their heads. They were found in 1985 and contrary to popular belief, are far from early cavemen paintings. They are complex in nature and content, they are even colored in red, white and black. They were first discovered in a remote village in Siberia and have revealed the wonderful talent of prehistoric artists.

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The weird depictions in red, black and white dating to the Bronze Age were found in 1985 in a remote village.

Intriguing Creations

Scientists from the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow, Russia's leading research and development center for nuclear energy, said that the red colors especially fascinate the experts. The red hues are believed to have been created using clay. These are of particular interest to scientists as it appears as if the tomb painters from 5,000 years ago were extremely knowledgable and understood how to carry out chemical reactions in order to create very precise tones by varying the heating processes. That is considered to be quite an advanced technique that back then, wouldn't have been known.

Mineral Scientist

Head of the synchrotron research department at Kurchatov Institute, Roman Senin, said that they have been able to determine the phased composition of pigments, which is basically just the structure of the crystal lattice of individual grains of the dye. It is from doing this that the researchers were able to determine that not all of the samples were completely natural, they were actually the end product of heat treatment. Therefore, this concludes that these early artists were heating the materials to a very specific temperature in order to get the desired tones and shades of colors.

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