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The Wandjina

In 1838 a party led by Captain George Grey stumbled across some paintings in the Kimberley district of Western Australia that have been the subject of controversy ever since. Exploring among hills near the Prince Regent River, Grey's party found a number of caves in which some extraordinary figures were painted. Describing the main painting in the second cave Grey investigated, Grey wrote in his journal that:

It was the figure of a man, ten feet 6 inches [3.2 metres] in length, clothed from the chin downwards in a red garment, which reached to the wrist and ankles... The face and head of the figure were enveloped in a succession of circular bandages or rollers ... these were coloured red, yellow and white: and the eyes were the only features represented on the face. Upon the highest bandage or roller, a series of lines were painted in red, but ... it was impossible to tell whether they were intended to depict written characters, or some ornament for the head.. Grey went on to say that the paintings:.. had the appearance of being much more defaced, and ancient, than any of the other's that the party had seen.

These Wandjina (the spirit in the cloud), as the paintings have become known, have given rise to many theories. Anthropologists are satisfied that the paintings are consistent with Aboriginal mythology in the region, but it has also been suggested that the paintings are of a priest dressed in his cassock, perhaps one from a visiting Portuguese or Spanish ship. Some even contend that the Wandjina represent visiting extraterrestrials, with their spherical helmets to protect them from our earthly environment.

Out of Place Artifacts (OOPArts):

African spheroids | Ancient Mayan aircraft | Ancient concrete | Ancient glider | Ancient modern skull | Ancient modern tools | Ancient nanotechnology | Ancient space suit | Antikythera Device | Battery of Babylon | Buenos Aires skull | Burdick track | Burrows cave | Chain in coal | Chinese Stone | Copper seal | Coso artifact | Crystal skull of Lubaantum | Dighton Rock | Dropa Stones | Ecuadorian records | Embossed silver block | Footprint with trilobites | Fossilized finger | Fossilized giant | Fossilized handprint | Giant fossilized footprint | Giant granite spheres of Costa Rica | Gold Thread | Iron pillar of Delhi | Iron pot in coal | Laetoli footprints | London hammer | Mallia table | Meredith Mystery Stone | Metal block | Metalic tube | Mysterious vase | Nebra disc | New World Egyptians | North Pole giant redwoods | Old Nail | Olmec giant heads | Paleolithic bullet | Peruvian bronze gears | Prehistoric nail | Quartz nail | Scottish iron instrument | Too-old screw | Wandjina | Xian Altar of Heaven | Yoruba rocket

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