Rock paintings of Macedonia (Philippi-Kavala & The Pangaion Hills region): Prehistoric or not?

Here we initially present the ‘Abstract‘ of the paper “A possible horse hunting scene in the rock art from Philippi (Greece)” by Fernando Coimbra, Giorgos Iliadis.

Abstract: The authors analyze a group of engravings from Rock 3 of Mana (Philippi Greece), which may represent a horse hunting scene. These carvings are located in an area of strong Thracian influence and they are considered by some researchers to have been made by the Hedones, a Thracian tribe that occupied the plaines of Philippi during the second half of the first millennium BC. Still on Thracian area, the paintings from the tomb of Alexandrovo (Bulgaria), dated from the 4th century BC, constitute an interesting parallel to the hunting scene from Rock 3 of Mana, besides some As-syrian reliefs from Nineveh, dated from the 7th century BC, displayed in the British Museum, in London

(Source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315778573_A_possible_horse_hunting_scene_in_the_rock_art_from_Philippi_Greece)

(NovoScriptorium: It is rather weird that the rock paintings from this specific area are considered as works of art of the ‘historical times’. Below you can see and judge for yourself on how old these paintings must really be

Additionally, one can check another publication titled “Post-Palaeolithic engravings at Philippi in eastern Macedonia, Greece: rock art in the land of the Hedones” by George Dimitriadis, Fernando Coimbra, Carmelo Prestipino, Ida Mailland & Andrea Vianello by visiting the following link: https://environmentalarchaeology.wordpress.com/2008/02/04/post-palaeolithic-engravings-at-philippi-in-eastern-macedonia-greece-rock-art-in-the-land-of-the-hedones/

The claim continues that these paintings belong to ‘historical times’. Well, we must inform our readers that another publication in the Greek journal ‘Αρχαιολογία & Τέχνες’ (‘Archeology & Arts’), Issue 77, December 2000, entry no. 10, titled ‘Μια λεπτομερειακή αναφορά για 14 πέτρινα παλαιολιθικά εργαλεία γύρω από την περιοχή της Καβάλας’ (‘A detail report on 14 Palaeolithic stone-tools around Kavala’), by Surrendra Kumar Mishra and Kostas Ataktidis claims that people were inhabiting the area we examine in this article as early as the Lower Palaeolithic, about 500,000 years ago.

We honestly believe that the rock paintings you see in the photos belong to prehistoric times, nobody knows how old. And no one really has attempted to date them seriously with a number of relatively accurate methods available today. We notice here another effort -not surpisingly, unfortunately- to restrict the finds within historical times.

Our reader can find a number of articles in the section ‘Archeology-Paleontology-Ancient Greece’, purely scientific (always with reference to published papers), that have proven beyond any doubt that the Greek peninsula has been continuously inhabited by hominins and humans for some 7 million years now. But, the theory still taught in Universities worldwide is the ‘out of Africa’ one. Or the ‘Indo-European’ fairytale. We will not attempt some kind of explanation for this; we shall leave it for our reader…)

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