Paleolithic Period

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Paleolithic hand stencils from the cave at Lascaux, France. 25-30,000 years old.

Oldest Rock Art in North America Revealed | Alternative | Before It's News

On the west side of Nevada's dried-up Winnemucca Lake, there are several limestone boulders with deep, ancient carvings; some resemble ...

The world’s oldest flute. It was carved from the bone of a griffon vulture approximately 35,000 years ago. Archaeologists found it at Hohle Fels Cave in Germany.

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Art néolithique - Les Musées Barbier-Mueller

Art néolithique

Venus of Galgenberg; a figurine of the Paleolithic Aurignacian culture, dated to c. 30,000 years ago; discovered in 1988 close to Stratzing, Austria, (not far from the site of the Venus of Willendorf); sculpted from green serpentine rock.

Venus of Galgenberg; a figurine of the Paleolithic Aurignacian culture, dated to c. 30,000 years ago; discovered in 1988 close to Stratzing, Austria, (not far from the site of the Venus of Willendorf); sculpted from green serpentine rock.

Bison sculpted from mammoth ivory. Found at Zaraysk, Russia, about 20,000 years old. Zaraysk Museum of Art and History. Side view.

Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind

Information about the British Museum exhibition Ice Age art arrival of the modern mind

Spotted horses cave paintings, Lascaux, 15,000 BCE

Spotted horses cave paintings, Lascaux, 15,000 BCE

The Lascaux cave paintings in southwest France are among the most complex in the world.

Spotlight: Caves - KIDS DISCOVER

Even adults will love this fascinating kids' geography lesson on caves, cave dwellers, and the spectacular formations found inside caves.

Chauvet

THE DAWN OF ART

Cave art from Chauvet France

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Ancient Petroglyphs, Pictographs, and Cave Drawings From Around the World

There are many spiral petroglyphs, pictographs, and cave drawings from around the world that also are associated with devils, goats, and horned creatures.

A frieze of horses and rhinos near the Chauvet cave’s Megaloceros Gallery, where artists may have gathered to make charcoal for drawing. Cha...

What Does the World’s Oldest Art Say About Us?

From 2008: Judith Thurman on visiting the Chauvet cave, in south-central France, which contains the earliest known paintings, from at least thirty-two thousand years ago.

Red spots in Chauvet Cave, c. 30,000 BCE

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Homo erectus. The zig zag pattern, that can only be seen with oblique lighting, is clearly older than the weathering processes on the shell arising from fossilization. These early human-like people drilled a hole through the shell using a sharp object, possibly a shark's tooth, exactly at the point where the muscle is attached that keeps the shell closed. "The precision with which these early humans worked indicates great dexterity and detailed knowledge of mollusc anatomy." click through

Oldest ever engraving discovered on 500,000-year-old shell

Homo erectus on Java was already using shells of freshwater mussels as tools half a million years ago, and as a 'canvas' for an engraving. The discovery of an engraved geometrical pattern on one of the shells came as a total surprise. The zig zag pattern, that can only be seen with oblique lighting, is clearly older than the weathering processes on the shell arising from fossilization.

Rinoceronte - 36000 anni fa - tizzoni su parete rocciosa - Grotta di Chauvet, Francia.

Grotte Chauvet

Rinoceronte - 36000 anni fa - tizzoni su parete rocciosa - Grotta di Chauvet, Francia.