COUNCIL CHRONICLE – Ever imagined how ancestors would react if they would one day look up at the sky and saw a supernova? Recently, a team of archaeologists working side-by-side with astronomers and astrophysicists managed to pinpoint the exact moment when humanity had contact with this rare cosmic phenomenon – almost 5000 years ago.
A Hunter’s View on Supernova
When it comes to art, it would seem the human imagination knows no boundaries. During a series of an archaeological dig in Kashmir, India, the scientists have stumbled upon a discovery that could literally rewrite everything we know about cosmology.
Etched in stone, a simple hunting scene pops in the air. It’s rudimentary but powerful enough to tell the story of our humble beginnings as a species. A closer look at the rock carving depicts two hunters, one impaling a stag and another one stringing a bow.
Apart from the two hunters, there is also a dog-like figure, standing beside their masters. However, according to the scientists who made this discovery, the hunter’s life, with all its implication is of little interest, but rather the two sundials represented in the foreground.
It’s not uncommon for our ancestors to attempt to capture the environment’s features, but the presence of another orb which seems to be even brighter than the sun. And that’s where things get really interesting.
According to astrophysicist Mayank Vahia of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, historical records showed that sometimes between 4100 and 2100 BC. Interestingly enough, the HB9 supernova has been visible in the sky around 3600 BC.
After corroborating these historical facts with the rock’s carbon-dating analysis, the scientists established that the radiating dial depicting in the stone carving was nothing less than a rudimentary representation of a supernova.
Results show that the engraved stone is at least 5000 years old and it is, by far, the oldest artistical representation of a cosmic phenomenon.
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