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April 13, 2017 - No Comments!

Unnamed Caves Initiative

mud glyph snake in unnamed cave 19

The Unnamed Caves are one of the initiatives that the Ancient Art Archive is working on this year. Across the Southeast, there are prehistoric art caves. The locations are closely guarded secrets (hence the name) and the art in the caves tends to be faint. However, using the 3D imaging techniques that the Archive is pioneering we can see the images more clearly and in some instances see them for the first time at all.

We are working closely with Jan Simek at the University of Tennessee on this project.

John Jeremiah Sullivan wrote a wonderful profile of the Jan's work in the Paris Review.

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February 11, 2017 - No Comments!

Cave 19, We need to do this now

2,000 year old finger tracing and modern graffiti in unnamed cave 19

One of the first questions I am asked about the Archive is why now? Can't this wait? There is so much else to do right now... It's a reasonable question. Much of the art that we are working with has been around thousands if not tens of thousands of years. Why now?

The short answer is we need to do this now! Sites are being destroyed in front of our eyes.

A graphic illustration of that is  unnamed cave 19. Its a woodland period site (+/- 2,000 years bp) in a remote corner of the South East. The cave ceiling is covered in very delicate, elaborate finger traced mud glyphs. There are abstract figures, snakes, birds, bears, humans with rays coming from their bellies. Read more