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The Mysterious Fontainebleau Civilization (France) .. Page 42

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Perhaps without their knowledge, every Sunday, thousands of visitors to the forest of Fontainebleau walk past and through the vestiges of an unknown civilization.

The forest of Fontainebleau is one of largest and most beautiful forests in France; it covers 68.34 square miles, to which it is necessary, when considering the area, to add the 13 square miles of the Three Pinions National Forest.

Among the trees and the rocks with the fantastic forms, one can feel this magic atmosphere. The mystery of the forest of Fontainebleau is the subject of a sharp controversy. The question always arises: Was Fontainebleau the center of an old unknown civilization?

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The geological past of the forest remains rather poorly known. Up to about 1830, the whole of the area was known only as one enormous white spot on the map of Island-of-France.

One did not attempt to enter the ancient “forest of Beer”, the old name of the forest. Even the criminals , who escaped the royal prisons there, hesitated to enter into this immense forest.

Legends circulated of mysterious inhabitants who haunted the forest. It was said that the Large Huntsman or the Black Hunter guarded the Park and challenged anyone who tried to pass through! They were always accompanied by a pack of vicious dogs.

As it happened, these legends frightened away otherwise curious visitors, so that the flora and fauna and all the forest contained were ignored and regarded as dangerous.

Study of the caves of Fontainebleau

What is known it is that over tens of thousands of years, men lived in certain caves of the forest. They traced there many figures and writing which continue to pose problems for prehistorians.

These writings were widespread, according to J. - L. Donkey, the researcher who studied them best, and covered a period of nearly 30.000 years, from the riss-würm (the third interglacial stage of the Pleistocene in the Alps, following the Riss glaciation and preceding the Würm glaciation.) through the iron age.

The oldest writings are undecipherable : simple abstract lines marked in the sandstone of the rocks. The more recent signs represent human or animal figures, as well as more elaborate symbols, of which the exact significance escapes us.

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The specialists noted a resemblance between several of these figures and those found in other enigmatic prehistoric sites.

Mysterious Writing

Neolithic tombs were also found in the middle of Fontainebleau. One of them is located up on giant blocks. Are the blocks natural or arranged by man?

The tomb contained several small stone sculptures. It was excavated at the beginning of the sixties by the poet and archaeologist amateur Robert Ganzo.

The sculptures were doubted by the official researchers who regard them as simple natural formations of nature. However, it should be stressed that there are other Neolithic vestiges found today around Fontainebleau.

Moreover, certain tablets, found by R. Ganzo, in one of the tombs pose a considerable archaeological problem. Indeed, these tablets were covered with ideograms which irresistibly indicate a writing system.

That is officially impossible. Writing is supposed to have been created much later, in the Middle East. Officially, the first writings appeared in Sumer towards around 3.300 B.C. However, there are several other examples of prehistoric writings, prior to the ages of the Middle East.

The enigma of Glozel, in the high French Loire, is one example to be mentioned.

The tablets of Tartarie, dated to 4.000 years before our era, are another subject of controversy. Indeed, these tablets were found in Transylvania. That would thus prove that writing was not invented in Mésopotamia, the cradle of civilization of Sumer, but in the middle of the steppes of Eastern Europe.

The Scientific community argues that the carbon dating of these items is quite simply erroneous, however there is a certain resemblance between the ideograms of Fontainebleau and the characters left by the Hittite civilization.

Is it possible that the former inhabitants of the area of Fontainebleau are the ancestors of the tribes which left to colonize the East?

Rocks of Fontainebleau

Giant Head, right with similar Olmec artifact from ancient Mexico on the left.
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They are undoubtedly the most visible and strange vestiges of Fontainebleau’s past. It is difficult not to wonder about their forms. Still, the question arises: were these rocks fashioned by man or by nature?

One can really observe a figurative exactitude that is surprising for certain rocks. Some reproduce a seal, an elephant, a giant tortoises, a bird of prey.

Is this simply the natural erosion which was exerted over the millenia on the sandstone rock formations?

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To our knowledge, none of these animals, evolved/moved in this part of the world, even at a remote time. But what does one really know of the past of our planet?

Did our ancestors, living in the caves, comb their daily newspaper to find the strange animals which we see here. Or didn't this mysterious civilization quite simply want to memoralize the animals they witnessed in their everyday life? There are a few too many coincidences for this all to be accidents of nature.

Fontainebleau always waits until someone discovers its true past. Perhaps on that day, Fontainebleau will become French Stonehenge.

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Bibliography Unexplained N°2, p.458 with 460. The lost wisdom of old civilizations, Editions Time Life. Great disappeared civilizations, Selection of Reader' S Digest.

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