Analysis of Bear Claw Pattern at Chauvet Cave: Presence of circa 30,000 year old Astronomical writing in Western Europe

 Midnight Science (2014-2015), Volume 13, Paper 3

Author: Derek Cunningham

Paper Submitted: 22nd Jan 2014, Published: 23rd Jan 2014



2016 July Website Ad Page The Long JourneyWith recent confirmation that the geometrical patterns located within Lascaux Cave are a form of archaic writing based on astronomical values, attention turns here to the older Chauvet Cave, where various marks were found on one specific painting. Analysis of these marks using the exact same method employed to analyze the Lascaux geometrical patterns suggests that the bear claw pattern is geometrical writing. This geometrical writing is similar to geometrical samples of similar age that have been uncovered in Asia (the Shuidongguo Paleolithic engraved stone), Europe (The Dolni Vestonice Venus), and Africa (the Lebombo and Ishango engraved bones).


The recent discovery that geometrical patterns seen in many ancient texts repetitively align to astronomical values has dramatically changed our perceptions of the past. Even though the text has not been successfully “translated” specifically the alphabetical component of the linear alignments, the astronomical component of the text has made it possible to identify that a lunar goddess was worshipped throughout Europe during the late Stone Age (2,3), and that the ancient religion of the Stone Age was based entirely on the accurate prediction of eclipses.

In this study the geometrical pattern located within Chauvet Cave is now analyzed to determine if the geometrical patterns that are present in some of the paintings are drawn to a similar design to the geometrical drawings found at Lascaux.  The Analysis of the Lascaux cave patterns is shown below for comparison.

Lascaux Geometric Pattern 1 Astronomical Writing img 2014-3

Lascaux square grid pattern showing alignment to the sidereal month value of 27.32 days, the 5.1 degree angle of inclination of the moon’s orbit relative to the ecliptic, and the lunar nodal value of 18.6 years


Lascaux Checkerboard Pattern Astronomical Text

Lascaux Cave Checkerboard pattern showing alignments to the half-sidereal month value of 13.66 days, the half lunar nodal cycle value of 9.3 years, and other astronomical values connected to the prediction of eclipse events.

Within the proposed theory, the working hypothesis is to create a written language ancient astronomers simply converted key astronomical values required to accurately predict eclipses to an angular array. For predicting eclipses the key value is the 27.32 day sidereal month, which is the primary lunar value used by astronomers to calculate time. The sidereal month value is also drawn in ancient artwork as its half value at an angle of 13.66 degrees. For astronomers once this lunar value is known it is then a very simple process to calculate the 365.25 day lunar year, and that the earth travels about 1 degree per day as it travels around the sun.

After this, with more careful study, the astronomer would then note that there is an eclipse season every 6.511 draconic months (6 synodic months), but for accurate measurement and prediction of eclipses it is also required to know that the moon’s orbit is inclined to the ecliptic by 5.1 degrees.

Finally, because the primary point of interest for astronomers was the moon, the astronomers would then note the 9.3/18.6 year lunar nodal cycle, and that the lunar year is 11 days shorter than the solar year, and the 11 day difference between the lunar and solar years.

Together these values produce a reasonably limited set of astronomical values to test the structure of ancient linear artwork against, and because there are large angular differences, especially at high angles, the theory is also relatively easy to test.

From a study of proto-cuneiform and other ancient texts it is also known that this archaic writing could be rotated by 90 degrees and that after rotation the exact same angular values obtained can be obtained. The angular offsets in ancient drawings are thus drawn to either above or below the horizontal, or to the left or right of vertical. This may produce an alphabet system, potentially similar to that used in modern day Japanese Hiragana and Katakana.


The images from Chauvet Cave are obtained from the documentary of Chauvet Cave by Werner Herzog, who gained special permission to enter the cave and to undertake a detailed 3D study of the cave and its paintings. In this study the so-called scratch marks present on one specific painting are analyzed, due to their structure of the lines appearing similar to linear art found on other archaic paleolithic era stones and bones.

Chauvet Cave Bear Scratch Pattern

Analyzing the drawing, as is, the lines align to the full 27.32 day sidereal month (27.32 degrees), the full 18.6 year lunar nodal cycle, and to the half values at 13.66 degrees and 9.3 degrees.

Other astronomical values present are the 6.511 draconic month value between eclipse seasons, and th 1 degree line to represent the daily angular shift of earth a it travels around the sun.

Finally 5 lines are present at 45 degrees. The 45 degree alignment is found in numerous stone age artifacts, but the presence of this line is not ubiquitous in Stone Age drawings.

Comparison with the Lascaux cave drawing (8,9) reveals that the values observed at the  Lascaux and Chauvet caves are largely identical.

Lascaux Cave Geometrical pattern vertical orientation

The only observable difference is that in the Chauvet Cave geometric pattern there are no substantial lines aligned to the horizontal. This lack of 90 degree rotational symmetry in 30,000 year old artwork is replicated in other geometrical patterns of similar age, see references 4-6 for comparison.

Discussion and Conclusion

The angular values present in the Chauvet Cave drawing thus appears to be “identical” to those present in the Lascaux geometrical drawings. Here the term identical refers to all patterns found in Lascaux and Chauvet being consistent with values astronomers use to predict eclipse events, or astronomical values relating to the moon, or lunar/solar year.

The data obtained from Chauvet cave is also consistent with the prior study of circa 30,000 year old artifacts uncovered in both Africa and China. The Chauvet data thus produces data that continues to argue that circa 30,000 years ago there was some degree of communication occurring between Africa, Europe, and Asia, with all three regions employing a common and potentially identical writing style. The study of late Bronze Age Cyprus statues has also made it clear that this writing was employed mainly in a religious setting, which may suggest that Lascaux and Chauvet Caves were both employed anciently as religious temples.


  1. 400,000 Years of Stone Age Science By Derek Cunningham,
  2. Initial Evidence of a Direct Cultural Link between Vestonice in the Czech Republic and Lemba in Cyprus: Presence of Identical Early Astronomical Writing and Lunar Symbolism on the Lemba and the Dolni Vestonice Venus Figures Suggesting the Continuous Worship of a Lunar Moon God Figure for a Period of Circa 20,000 Years
  3. D. Cunningham, Astronomical Interpretation of Five Late Bronze Age Cyprus Figures: Confirmation of the Existence of Written Language in Archaic Linear Art Used in a Religious Setting, Midnight Science, Volume 12 (2013-2014) Paper 9.
  4. D. Cunningham, Reinterpretation of the Lebombo and Ishango Tally Marks: Evidence of Advanced Astronomical studies in Paleolithic-era Bones and the Existence of an Alphabet-based Writing System in the Early Upper Paleolithic Time Period, Midnight Science, Volume 12, (2013-2014) Paper 4.
  5. D. Cunningham, A Reanalysis of the Purpose of the Engraved Bones from Remouchamps, Midnight Science, Volume 12, (2013-2014) Paper 1.
  6. D. Cunningham, Analysis of the Astronomical Data Contained within the Engraved Stone uncovered at the Shuidonggou Paleolithic Site, Northwest China, Midnight Science, Volume 9, (2013-2014) Paper 6.
  7. D. Cunningham, Analysis of the Linear Rock Art “Spiders” Discovered at Kharga Oasis: The Presence of Astronomical Writing in Early Egyptian Rock Art. Midnight Science, Volume 12, (2013-2014) Paper 8.
  8. D. Cunningham, Analysis of the Geometrical Patterns found in the Lascaux Cave System: Evidence of a Common Writing system in Stone Age Europe, Midnight Science, Volume 13, (2013-2014) Paper 2.
  9. D. Cunningham, Analysis of the Lascaux Checkerboard Pattern for Astronomical Alignment Data: Further Evidence of the Presence of an Astronomical-based Early Writing Style in Stone Age Artwork, Midnight Science, Volume 13, (2013-2014) Paper 3.
  10. See papers published in Volumes 8 through 12 Midnight Science.

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