About those pretty 15,000 year old dotted rocks from Hohle Fels cave in Southern Germany. SpiegelOnline has a write-up that includes a comment from the project leader, Nick Conard.
“These spots are anything but accidental. It is quite clear they have relevant content,” said Conard. They might have a religious significance, or they might be a form of ice age menstruation calendar — one point for each day. “But ultimately, you have to be humble and admit, we just don’t know,” Conard added.
Does anyone else find this ‘sound bite‘ more than a little disconcerting, from any number of angles? I’m especially bothered by ‘ice age menstruation calendar.’ Think of it! Seriously, would a female need to keep track of the days? I hardly think so. If Dr. Conard is right, this is an example of male control of reproduction at 15 kya!
We’re lucky that this whole ‘menstruation calendar’ thing is a figment of Nick’s anachronistic gender construct. One wishes that he had been humble.