Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Cave Of Lascaux

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September 12th, 2006

in 1571, Aztec Emperor Mectezuma is attacked at his headquarters in the Tower of London by a small group of Londoners and Spanish soldiers. Mectezuma suffers cuts all across his body from the rebels' blades, but his personal guard are able to save him and drive away the assassins. Although his first impulse is to order genocide against the citizens of London and the Spanish soldiers who are guarding them, he realizes that he doesn't have enough warriors of his own to hold the city. For the first time since he landed on British soil, Mectezuma contemplates withdrawal; his chief advisors predict that the treacherous Spaniards will turn on him long before his reinforcements can arrive from North America, and he would then be fighting three nations with easy access to supplies and personnel. “I can defeat them, but I cannot hold them,” Mectezuma said to his councilors, bitterly. “Send runners out to all of our warriors and sailors; I want them all to gather in London.”

in 1940, the discovery of a cave in Lascaux, France by 4 teenage boys causes a major stir in the archaeological community. Prehistoric paintings adorn the walls of the cave network, and the boys excitedly informed their elders of what they found. French and German archaeologists travel to the cave to examine the paintings. The French are thrilled at the representations of animals and humans that adorn the walls; the Germans are somewhat more interested in the strange signs that lead them to a narrow passage that they force a young French assistant into. When he is drawn out screaming, moments later, they carefully expand the passage and send through Professor Karl von Bauhaus, the smallest member of their expedition. The professor also cries out, at first, but then stifles his fear and tells his companions to give him a few moments. All that can be seen of him from the entrance is the flickering reflection of his flashlight. The Germans apprehensively wait, calling out to von Bauhaus occasionally, only to receive a grunt in reply. When the French part of the team joins them, somewhat concerned by the assistant who had refused to say what he saw, the Germans admit that they are perplexed. Finally, after 4 hours, Professor von Bauhaus emerges from the passage, shaking and pale. “It must be closed up and never opened again,” he tells his colleagues. When they protest, his voice trembles as he pleads with them, “You must believe me. You cannot allow anyone else to see this; it must remain buried.” Reluctantly, they withdraw from the passage and allow von Bauhaus to seal it up.

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1 comment:

caves of lascaux said...

Very nice post. Lascaux’s rich inventory of art were the fine works of the Cro-magnon man. You can find most primitive lunar calendar ever created on the walls of the Lascaux Caves. You must see string of thirteen dots ending in a square shape that point out to the Moon’s half monthly cycle. The empty square represents the missing Moon. Chamber of Felines has an assortment of a seemingly smaller section of beautiful carvings and pictures. people are very much attracted to such work of art.

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