Saturday, May 6, 2017

Excerpt from Symbology: Decoding Symbols through History
A Thesis at the University of Wales
By Michelle Snyder, Symbologist

Camp Century, Greenland

The Camp Century Ice Core Timeline

By Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann


  BC
45,000               Hengelo Denecamp
29,000               Aurignacian
21,000                Solutrean
14,500                Lascaux
12,500                Bølling
  9000                 Allerød
  8000                 Pre Boreal
  6000                 Boreal 
  5900–3750   Atlantic Grand Climate Optimum

(Note: The Atlantic Grand Climate Optimum was a time of magnificent climate, warmer than our current centuries. Humankind made great strides in this environment.) 

3:9 Atlantic (5900 – 3750 BC) Grand Climate Optimum
The greatest strides in life and learning can be achieved when the weather is warm and life is easier, and beginning with the Atlantic Era, mankind flourished as never before. During the glorious warm Atlantic centuries agriculture boomed over vast areas. Numerous cardinals and symbols were inscribed to record knowledge of medicine, childcare, and the how-to’s necessary for survival. They were inscribed on hide, ivory, bone, and stone - and on the great megaliths. We now know the fascinating megalithic constructions (giant stone observatories) carry history of preceding millennia preserved with symbols, as well as within the very construction of these fascinating structures. These great stone circles give us a glimpse of the intelligence and industry of our ancestors; they are monuments to their genius. Heralded by sighting rods at proto-Stonehenge of circa 8200 BC, megalithic observatories sing to us of a glorious past. They sing, not simply of men and boys quarrying, then dragging, colossal stones hundreds of miles (usually during winters), siting them in and setting them in, but also of women, little girls, and boys for whom these mind-wrenching, body-crushing labors of love are undertaken; yes, labors of love to better all lives.

Like the great hunts, building the megaliths was an effort in which everyone took part. Even in tiny villages, people greeted the teams. Families helped a little and each night fed, told stories to, and provided comfortable beds (warmed with heating stones) for boys and men of the labor gangs that struggled to drag and slide the precious stones over icy terrain (without ice, this trek would not have been possible). Why such an enormous effort? Because life was precious, girls and women were highly esteemed. Like our electric, water, and road utilities, the great stone circles were built to facilitate the functions of life. Generations of collected seasonal, agricultural, and sometimes navigational information were engraved onto the stones, arranged according to astronomical calculations, sort of like a farmer’s almanac(1). These megalith observatories whisper of earlier millennia through which grannies, mothers, and daughters did more than simply nurture little ones. Minute by minute they battled to keep children alive and healthy. Even one minute of carelessness in the bitter iron cold of a glacial maximum, where  carnivores broke their teeth trying to eat frozen animals they killed perhaps only an hour ago, could result in a child freezing their fingers, searing their lungs, or otherwise being so harmed they were crippled for life. Those beginnings are still told by megalith observatories, symbols, signs, and - yes - writings scratched on ivory, leather, bone, and stone plaques, seemingly mostly by the ladies.



       Neolithic Dolmen, New Zealand                         Goseck, Germany                                      Stonehenge, England  
           ca. 8000 BC                                                              ca. 4200 BC                                                 ca. 3200 BC

These great utilities were vital to the survival of the family, clan, and village. Stone observatories were built all over the great European continent, a vast utility to spread knowledge and facilitate life. The Indo-European language spread with the construction of this utility; accuracy of construction demanded it(2). Universal spoken and written language is a consequence of utilities of continental extent. Today we see the English language spread by global utilities such as Marine Rules of the Road and Air Traffic Control.     


Andronova Corridor

During the millennia of the Atlantic era, the practices of herding and raising poultry (geese and ducks) increased. Chickens from India, via Persia, reached Greece circa 6000 BC. Bountiful stores of grain were protected from rodents with cats, serpents, and barn owls. “Gifts” of milk and honey were left out for these honored creatures in hopes that they would stay, increase, and protect the precious food stores. Later these gifts became offerings to the gods(3). Meanwhile, following food and crops, the herding, cattle-rustling northern Celtic culture traveled the Andronova Corridor and migrated into Europe, eventually merging with the goddesses agricultural way of life; a “War of Accommodation” (a mostly peaceful effort - not war as we think of it today) followed as the two lifestyles learned to live and thrive together. Symbols like the Green Man(4), along with numerous others, have their roots in these merging cultures: The Green Man is a farmer. Heretofore farming had been a predominantly feminine activity(5) - the Green Man combines “Mother Nature” with male features - symbolizing the steppe warrior becoming a plowboy-occasional warrior: a male farmer. This important symbol is covered further in section 5:8.

From the dotted calendrics of Hengelo Denekamp (45,000 BC) to the tetra fauna animals of Chauvet Caves during the Aurignacian period (29,000 BC), the symbols mankind developed were predominantly records of heavenly events that affected their lives. By 21,000 BC, during the Solutrean warm interval, symbols for childcare, housing, and textiles are clearly in use. Here is the origin of the Star of David, as a notation for winter solstice sunrise and sunset. Human reproduction calendrics from the Paleolithic (12,500 BC), instruct that babies should be conceived in spring, to be born around winter solstice. The Allerød (9000 BC) Yggdrasil is the ancestor of the Tree of Life.

Writing of the Vinca culture included phonetics during the Boreal (6000 BC). From 5,900 BC to 3700 BC, during the Atlantic Grand Climate Optimum, the Indo-European language spread with the construction of a continental utility of stone observatories, just as the English language is now spread through global utilities such as Air Traffic Control. The symbols used to record the gambit of human development are a source of wisdom, knowledge, and history. Symbols are an abbreviated form of communication used by our ancestors to explain procedures for various activities and their timing, as in weaving and planting. The images convey functional value as in the depiction of hunting rituals.

The study of symbols enhances understanding of past civilizations, their resourcefulness, survival skills, and their contributions. Understanding that our ancestors were intelligent and resourceful can change the way we perceive humanity today. These records help us compile important information about the earth’s climate and geological history. Accurate information about our prehistoric past, both the history of human activity and natural phenomenon, helps the decisions we make in our present and our future.



(1) Also see Kennedy, Maev. Lasers Reveal Stonehenge's 'art gallery' at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2003/oct/18/arts.artsnews
(2) This logical conclusion is contained in detailed information compiled by Knight and Lomas. (2001). Uriel's Machine. Canada: Fair Winds. 
(3) Gifts became offerings, and much later, offerings were twisted into sacrificial offerings of both animals and humans. 
(4) The name "Green Man" was not used until the 1900s; Jack-O-the-Green, Pan, Robin Goodfellow, Puck, and other names were used. 
(5) We note that Shoe Last Plows were used in 9000 BC in feminine kitchen gardens of Freesia, Flanders, and Germany, and that ca 8500 BC along the Danube, men plowed behind draft animals. A plow too big for kitchen gardens was found near the Iron Gate and is dated to 8000 BC.  

About Symbologist Michelle Snyder



About Symbologist Michelle Snyder
Michelle did her post-graduate research at the University of Wales decoding ancient and prehistoric symbolism, and mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. She is an author, publisher, speaker, artist, and teacher who has been teaching art and visual language skills for 40 years. Her artwork, inspired by her love of symbolism and folklore, has appeared in galleries from Massachusetts to California. Michelle is co-owner of White Knight Studio. 
Michelle Snyder
Non-Fiction - Symbology:
Symbology: Decoding Classic Images
Symbology: Decoding Symbols through History
Symbology: Fairy Tales Uncovered
Symbology: Art and Symbols
Symbology: Hidden in Plain Sight
Symbology: ReVision
Symbology: World of Symbols
Symbology: Secrets of the Mermaids

Michelle Paula Snyder
Fiction – Fantasy Wonder Tales:
The Fairy Tales: Once Upon a Time Lessons, First Book
Call of the Dragon and other Tales of Wonder
A Tale of Three Kingdoms, book one: The Lost Unicorn
 A Tale of Three Kingdoms, book two The Lost Mermaid
 A Tale of Three Kingdoms, book three The Lost Dragon