By Jean Christou
AN INDEPENDENT researcher who has examined five late Bronze Age terracotta religious statues from Cyprus, dating back 3,300 years says he has found the presence of ‘astronomical writing’ etched into the artefacts.
Dr Derek Cunningham’s paper was published recently in the Midnight Science Journal
He posits that the various Cyprus figures appear to represent archaic lunar gods, with the variation in angle of the astronomical writing present on each figure possibly representing names of different deities.
The suggestion that etched linear lines on ancient statues might construct an archaic alphabet, was argued in a prior study, and is apparently confirmed by the observation that all five Cyprus Bronze Age statues orientate to an identical feature present on each statue – this being the lower line found on the left leg of each statue, said Cunningham in his paper.
“This common orientation of all five statues strongly argues that the linear patterns were indeed designed to form an archaic alphabet system, perhaps one similar to that employed in Japanese Hiragana and Katakana. The results presented here also suggest that successful translation of the text found on the Cyprus statues might permit a translation of older text, such as the astronomical text found on circa 30,000 year old artifacts in Africa, Asia and Europe, to be possible,” he added.
Cunningham said the recent study of the 25,000 to 30,000 year old Dolni Vestonice Venus and the around 5,000 Year old Cypriot ‘Lemba Lady’ had confirmed that linear marks drawn on the back and front of late Paleolithic-era figures were an astronomical/geometrical text used to represent astronomical values.
“The similarities seen on these two statues, created 20,000 to 25,000 years apart are so substantial that it becomes possible to argue that the two statues represent a single Paleolithic-era lunar moon god and that this god was worshipped throughout the continent of Europe for a substantial period of time,” he writes.
Cunningham says the primary feature of archaic astronomical writing, is that the text employs just a handful of lines. These lines, which correspond to the conversion of astronomical values to an angular array, relate specifically to the prediction of eclipses, and the measurement of time.
In addition to the Lemba Lady, Cunningham studied Cypriot figurines at the Boston Museum, the Birmingham Museum, The Met in New York and a small statue sold at Christies in 2006.
Antiquities Director Despo Pilides told the Sunday Mail this week she had not seen the article but had read many ‘made-up theories’ as regards archaeological finds.
“The Chalcolithic period has been extensively studied scientifically and nothing of the sort has been found,” she said referring to an astronomical link.