Picture credit: Robert Bauval via RedIcecreations.com
How do you write about something that nobody seems to really know much about–other than that it exists?
This megalith was found under 7 meters (about 23 feet) of sediment at the Nabta Playa site.
One might be tempted to date the sculpture by the layer of sediment in which it was found, but we do know of instances where sacred sites were intentionally buried–Gobekli Tepe, for instance. This one may be no different.
So what does this block of stone represent? I am not sure we even know. But there are some good guesses:
The most popular explanation is that it is a cow sculpture. Indeed there are cow burials in the immediate area and we do know that cow-worship was popular during the Age of Taurus (approximately 4300 to 2100 BCE). But that is a bit late based on our confirmed dates for the top layer of this site. However, it is believed that cow-cults grew out of pre-dynastic fertility practices possibly from Nabta Playa and surrounding areas. So there may be a connection here.
When we think of cow-worship, fertility and cow-goddesses, Hathor comes to mind. The Egyptian goddess of love, fertility, beauty and joy, she is often depicted with cow horns on her head or even as a cow herself.
1 Drawn by Faucher-Gudin, from a bronze statuette of Saïte period in the Gîzeh Museum (Mariette, Album photographique du musée de Boulaq, pl. 5, No. 167).
There is another connection to cow-worship: The Big Dipper was considered to be a Bull’s Thigh in ancient Egypt. And the stone circle discussed last installment has alignments to the Big Dipper, so it is likely this association was also important to these ancient people.
But the most intriguing theory is this:
Picture credit: Brophy, Thomas G. (2002). The Origin Map. Lincoln, NE: Writers Club Press. (P. 60)
(The declination depicted is the path (motion) of the Galactic Center over the 26,000 Precessional cycle.)
Now turn the cow sculpture around in your mind and compare it to the drawing above.
So, if this sculpture is meant to represent the path of the Galactic Center over the Precessional cycle, what is the protrusion on the left (right if the sculpture is viewed from the back)? It must mean something and perhaps it does because it points to the direction from which we came–the Galactic center–at the venal equinox sunrise in 17,700 BCE.
Remember Gobekli Tepe Pillar 43 also targets to the Galactic Center (but at the winter solstice in our own time.)
And we will see that the bedrock sculpture under the “cow” also points to the Galactic Center in 17,700 BCE, re-inforcing the notion that this alignment is not a coincidence. But more on that next time.
Brophy, Thomas G. (2002). The Origin Map: Discovery of Prehistoric, Megalithic, Astrophysical Map and Sculpture of the Universe. Lincoln, NE: Writers Club Press. (This one is very technical.)
Bauval, Robert & Brophy, PhD, Thomas (2011). Black Genesis: The Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt. Rochester, VT: Bear & Company. (This one is easier to read.)