Prehistoric Art Around the World

Gobetiki Tepe

1. Introduction to Gobeiki   Gobeiki in relative terms was recently discovered. As with most archeological finds this happened by mistake. It changed the worlds understanding of early temples and caused Malta

Things to think about as you start Prehistoric Art


The Facts about Paleolithic Community History of Mankind, A Brief Overview: Human history is the most complex one due to the mysterious facts surrounding it. Since the beginning of early human culture, several researches and studies

Chauvet Cave from Met   Chauvet Cave. A pride of lions hunt bison, one of the rarest scenes ever found in Paleolithic art. The Chauvet Cave was used as a hibernation place by cave bears

Gwon Gwon Rock and Cave Art, Kimberly

Things are not always what they seem to be. One of the important things that can happen is that someone who knows a lot more about the subject than I do will

Found on YouTube

Bradshaw Paintings – Qwion Rock Art Kimberley Australia   Australian Aboriginal Music: Song with Didgeridoo   primitive reason – didgeridoo jam live@sbsr   These videos was chosen because one can see that

Large Research Bibliography

The underlined text will take you back to bradshaw-pages “WINDOW INTO THE ICE AGE” an interesting article about the Bradshaw Paintings There is always a lot more to learn and different perspectives

Preservation of the Bradshaw Paintings

The Bradshaw rock-art system comprises a complex, unique and remarkably advanced form of art, signifying the work of highly skilled artisans. The paintings, unique to the Kimberley, northwestern Australia (FIGURE 1), possibly

The Origin of the Bradshaw People

Research into the history of civilisation systematically ignores one string of global events of paramount importance  It is the oscillation of polar ice caps. The investigation of river terraces and windborne terrestrial

Bradshaw Cave Paintings

Broadcast 6.30pm on 10/6/2002 Amidst the remote and inhospitable landscape of the North Kimberley coast lies the distinctive style of ancient rock art known as the Bradshaw Paintings. Controversy rages over who

First Humans in Australia Dated to 50,000 Years Ago

This is a particularly important article because it gives us a broad idea of the beginnings of people in Australia. It was written for National Geographic First Humans in Australia Dated to

1. Introduction – Australia

The paintings we see below have been called “The Bradshaw Paintings.”                                   Please try to imagine yourself

2. Maps for Australia

The paintings you are about to see are multi-colored. The source of these colors is the rocks in this cave. These paintings have been dated to 50,000 B.C. or older. They were

3. Australia, 50,000BCE

    Bradshaw or Gwon Gwon Rock and Cave Art of the Kimberley mountains. Permission given The Aboriginals themselves refer to the Bradshaw paintings as “rubbish paintings: before our time” Grahame Walsh The story

Discovering Southern African Rock Art

                                                      New discoveries Southern Africa is sometimes referred to as one of the richest ‘storehouses’ of prehistoric mural art in the world. For many decades the rock art of France and Spain

Kamberg Rock Art Centre and Game Pass Shelter

 The Game Pass Shelter is commonly referred to as the “Rosetta Stone” of southern African rock art, for it was here that archaeologists first uncovered a vital key to understanding the symbolism

Bushman and San Paintings in the Drakensberg – South Africa

The bushman or San paintings are one of the Drakensberg’s and South Africa’s greatest cultural treasures. Some 20 000 individual rock paintings have been recorded at 500 different cave and overhang sites

Rock Art Centre Sheds Light on San Art

6 June 2002KwaZulu-Natal’s new Kamberg Rock Art Centre, now open to the public, will help visitors understand and interpret the more than 40 000 San Bushman images to be found in the

Kamberg Nature Reserve

The Bushman rock art of South Africa is world-renowned.  There are approximately 15 000 rock art sites in the sub-region making South Africa one of the largest outdoor art galleries in the

uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

uKHAHLAMBA DRAKENSBERG PARK – KAMBERG ROCK ART CENTRE “No more do we bushmen hunt in these hills. The fire is cold. Our songs are quiet. But listen carefully. You will hear us

San Beliefs and Southern African Rock Art

All too often, articles on southern African rock art imply that little is known about the San (more famously known as Bushmen), hunter-gatherers who populated the whole of southern Africa for many

Discovering Southern African Rock Art

Jamie Hampson MA (Oxon) Eight years ago, two South African archaeology students were walking in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains. Above them loomed towering basalt cliffs reaching to 7000 feet. As the sun

Rock Painting Namibia

                         Rock paintings in Brandberg “Burnt Mountain” (picture Leonardo Gribaudo) The Brandberg massif is a large granite elevation (30 km long and 25 km wide) in the north west of Namib Desert,

10,000 Years Ago in West Africa

  The Tassili N’Ajjer rock carvings and wall paintings in modern Algeria show a picture of a world in the Sahara that we would not recognize. Instead of vast gravel plains and

A Tale of 3 Caves

Exquisite Bushman rock art adorns the caves of the Natal Drakensberg. The fascinating story behind the ‘images of power’ found in three spectacular shelters in the Giant’s Castle area is revealed. Before

Saharan Prehistory & Rock Art

Prehistory The Sahara desert has formed several millions of years ago, as the northern part of the African continent drifted into the ‘desert belt’ around the tropic of Capricorn. While desert conditions

African Art Video Clips

African Rock Art engravings & carvings in the Sahara Africa   TASSILI (Algeria)    

10,000 Years Ago in West Africa

The Tassili N’Ajjer rock carvings and wall paintings in modern Algeria show a picture of a world in the Sahara that we would not recognize. Instead of vast gravel plains and lakes

Art Prehistory

Stony Brook, NY (1/10/02)- The discovery of paleolithic art in a cave in South Africa is causing researchers to consider an older and less Euro-centric view of the origins of what is

In African Cave, Signs of an Ancient Paint Factory

Digging deeper in a South African cave that had already yielded surprises from the Middle Stone Age, archaeologists have uncovered a 100,000-year-old workshop holding the tools and ingredients with which early modern

1. Introduction – Africa

Africa is vast. Known as the place where mankind began, it has a long history.   What do you already know about Africa? Please make a list of the things you already

2. Where Are the Paintings

Where in the world are we going to be looking at? Please write the answers in your journal of on a piece of paper. How do scholars think we got there?  

3. Blombos Cave 75,000BC

Prehistoric Africa The work done by the Bradshaw Foundation is awesome and ever-increasing. I am therefore using their text to illustrate their understanding of this one piece of Ochre. “Blombos Cave : 77,000

4. 40,000 BCE stand here for a moment.

  There are many wonders in the world. Some of these take a lot of work to get to. This striking wall of Eland is drawn on rock overhangs, which is typical

5. South Africa, San Art

The work you will see here is also cataloged under Drakensberg, South Africa. South Africa has thousands and thousands of caves with paintings. One of the better known sites is Drakensberg Park.

6. Cederberg, South Africa

These paintings come from Cederberg, South Africa. I find these elephants to be charming. And then we have the people with the elephants. This is a quiet scene. It is in its

7. North Africa Rock Art

Tassili N’Ajjer 6,000 B.C. The folks who write about this part of Africa frequently compare this area to a lunar landscape. It was once lush and green. It is now hot, dry,

8. Rock Art of Libya

Karkur Talh Engravings We enter a different world in Libya. The focus here is on the giraffe which we have not seen before.     As difficult as it must have been

9. Rock Paintings of the Tsisab Gorge

Maack Cave-Tsisab Gorge Brandberg-Namibia The following paintings are small, difficult to see and may be of interest. Take your time and explore. There are a lot of paintings on this page. I

Charting Major Events in Africa’s History Across Millenia

5-3 Million BC First hominids walk East and Southern Africa, known as Australopithecines or “Ape-Men” 3-1.5 Million BC Early Stone Age and the emergence of Homo habilis “the toolmaker”, using flaked stone

Prehistoric Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003), Madhya Pradesh

The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are located about 45 km south east of Bhopal on the road to Hoshangabad. The site spread over 10 km in length and about 3 km in

Shamla Hill / Bhimbetka

Near Bhopal, we visited the superb Shamla Hill ethnographic park, which provides information on many Indian tribes, with reconstructions of their houses, ceramics and art. In particular the Sauras (or Saoras) in

Phases of Ancient Indian Rock Art

On the walls hundreds of images, very often superimposed upon one another, constitute a fantastic canvas that has been continually reused to paint white and red figures. Yashodar Mathpal, who has recently

Rock Shelters of Bhimbhetka India

Rock Carvings. By on Oct 26, 2006. Down the ages, men have liked to leave artistic impressions of their beliefs, thoughts, dreams, everyday life, and flora and fauna of their period.

Human Origins Studies in India: Position, Problems and Prospects

Abstract The Indian subcontinent contains one of the richest and continuous records of hominin behavior in the Old World . This evidence is found in diverse paleoecological settings and temporal contexts (particularly

Walk through the Prehistoric Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh

The sprawling caves of Bhimbetka (2405’N and 76045’E) are located about 45 km northeast of Bhopal, the state capital of Madhya Pradesh. Situated along the Bhopal-Hoshangabad highway, these caves bear proximity to

1. Introduction to Bhimbetka

As is the case with many parts of the world, the art of prehistoric India is still in the discovery stage. This rock art will be presented in two different ways. When

2. Where is Bhimbhetka?

  Madhya Pradesh India-This map shows the area in the middle of India where most of the rock art and cave paintings have been found. There are thousands of sites which contain

3. Bhimbetka Line Drawings

Dr. K.L. Kamat is one of the earliest people to draw attention to the rapidly deteriorating cave paintings in Bhimbetka. Given that he was not a photographer, he took up pen and

4. Bhimbetka Cave Paintings

Prehistoric art in India has long been neglected. Because of this neglect, only now are these important archeology works being dated. The dates seem to be between 1,000,000 BCE and 9,000 BCE.

5. Zoo Rock Bhimbetka

Zoo-rock is a fit description for the rock art we will see now. Around the world art has been created on rock faces. Each place that rock art is found the art

6. Chaturbhuk Nat Rock Art

The Chaturbhuj nat Cave has some wonderful drawings. They are painted in an unusual style. In this case the paintings are found in rock overhangs along a river. They are approached by

1. Introduction – Lascaux

The story of how the cave at Lascaux was discovered is an interesting one. According to Jacqueline M. Robinson, in 1940 all of the people who could fight were away for the

2. Maps for Lascaux

I have chosen to start with a look of the map of the cave. After looking at this it is important for you to know where the cave is in France. You

3. The Cave at Lascaux, France

                  These images look a bit strange. I am a devoted fan of photographers because this collection of images of the great works of

4. The Painted Gallery

The next part of the cave is called “The Painted Gallery.” As we walk through this part of the cave, think about the way the “The Hall of Bulls” was drawn and

An Examination of Lascaux Cave

by Jacqueline M. RobinsonDr. Bass–Prehistoric Rock ArtApril 07, 1998     Once upon a time on September 12, 1940, five boys and their dog went rabbit hunting. They were hiking around when all

Ancient Star Pictures

                                    ANCIENT STAR PICTURES  by Laura Lee Lascaux, France, 17,000 years ago: in star pictures of the Pleiades and the ecliptic Astronomer Frank Edge has not only found elaborate star pictures in

Lascaux (ca. 15,000 B.C. Ice Age Star Map

Tedesco, Laura Anne. “Lascaux (ca. 15,000 B.C.)”. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. (originally published October 2000, last revised August 2007) A virtual

Lascaux Prehistoric Dorgone

Perigord in Montignac, 20 km from Sarlat en Périgord Situated in the Dordogne, near to the village of Montignac-sur-Vézère, in the heart of Périgord Noir, lies Lascaux, the masterpiece of prehistoric art.

History of Lascaux

An Examination of Lascaux Cave Jacqueline M. Robinson Dr. Bass–Prehistoric Rock Art April 07, 1998 5,375 Words (References)   Once upon a time on September 12, 1940, five boys and their dog

Debate Over Moldy Cave Art Is a Tale of Human Missteps

Markings show the spots where fungus, cracks and other problems threaten one of the Lascaux cave paintings, which are estimated to be 17,000 years old. (Courtesy Of Drac Aquitaine — French Ministry

1. Introduction Cosquer

The Cosquer cave is dated at about 27,000 BC. The area where it was found is not close to the other famous painted caves but by the sea Cape Morgiou. Do you believe

2. Where is Cosquer?

We start our search for Cosquer with a map of the world and find Europe. On this map we can find France and can see just where the ocean moved into the

3. Cosquer Paintings

As you can see, the salt, which has condensed from the rising sea water, hides a lot of detail. Nevertheless, this and the next painting are the first that I have ever

Grotto Cosquer

Grotto Cosquer is named for its discoverer, professional deep-sea diver Henri Cosquer. In 1985 Cosquer discovered a narrow cave entrance 110 feet below sea level on Cabo Morgiou, near Marseille, France. His

1. Introduction – Chauvet Vallon-pont d’Arc

Prehistoric Europe has given us an inside look at the people of ancient France. Caves full of paintings are still being discovered.   There are many caves in this particular part of

2. Where in the world are we?

This map of Europe gives one a good look at the two major French caves.Find Lascaux, Chauvet, and Cosquer; we will be looking inside all of these caves. We will explore the

3. The Lion Race

What you can see from this point of view is a huge wall. The colored borders set off the closeup images as part of the walk  through. We will not talk about

4. Lions and Rhinos

There are two halves to the following panel. The artist created a huge sense of energy by the way the heads and necks are placed on one another. The half of the

5. Aurochs and Horses

This part of the cave is known for the horses’ heads, because of their grace and beauty. The animals at the top of this panel are called Aurochs. It was from this animal that

6. Ice wall paintings

And yet another surface on which to draw. This white wall is only a small part of the cave. I suspect that the surface was rough and difficult to draw on. It

7. Mud Wall

This next panel is drawn on a wall that has a mud-like substance. This substance was easy to drawn on with a finger. There is a dramatic difference between the talent so

8. Just Animals

The images on this page are just food for thought. Here you can think about some of the elements of art. Look at the ideas of line, shape, form, space, value and

Paleolithic : Cave Paintings

Chauvet  is one of the latest and most brilliant sensations, not only in archaeology, but in human culture in general. It is located in the steep side of a cliff in the

Fur-Clad Micheolangelos

The Applied History of Art and Architecture (AHAA) Educational  Foundation Dr. Katherine Bolman’s Micro-Lessons Fur-clad Michelangelos   At the foot of a cliff in the Ardèche Gorges, in south-eastern France, amateur speleologists

Chauvet Cave

There are a number of articles here. You will have seen all the images they are discussing. You can get to the original by using the url above.   Cave lions Photo:

About The Cave At Chauvet

Copyright Daily Telegraph Dec 28, 2003 It’s a gentle climb, from a vineyard, up an escarpment covered in limestone scree and pine trees, towards the summit of the Ardeche Gorge. The view

Paleolithic : Cave Paintings

  Chauvet  is one of the latest and most brilliant sensations, not only in archaeology, but in human culture in general. It is located in the steep side of a cliff in

Chauvet Through the Mind of a Sculptor

                                             October 2001 – 2nd Visit to Chauvet The October of 2001 was hailed as the warmest since records began to be kept. The cliffs of the Ardeche Canyon shone golden

Chauvet Vallon-Point d’Arc France 30,000 BC

Chauvet Vallon-pont d’Arc France 30,000 B.C. There are many caves in this particular part of France. This cave was discovered in 1994. Keep in mind that the cave at Lascaux was discovered

A Lesson Plan for Cave Paintings

•      Cave Paintings •      Presentation Outline Poster 1 Historical background •From Cro-Magnon period, the early modern human beings lived between 35,000 and 12,000 years ago. •During this time, modern man began to flourish and

Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic Art

RICE UNIVERSITY Department of Art and Art History Fall Semester 1998 HART 205. Introduction to the History of Art Lecture 2 (September 2, 1998). Paleolithic,Mesolithic and Neolithic Art                                  —————————————————————————— Issues: 1.

Grotto Chauvet

On December 25, 1994, near the village of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, in the Ardche gorges in southern France, explorers Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel-Deschamps and Christian Hillaire discovered an exceptionally important gallery of Paleolithic rock

Lesson Plan from Edsitement

Introduction: In this lesson, students travel to the past to explore how people in earlier times used art as a way to record stories and communicate ideas. By studying paintings from the

1. Introduction to Pech Merle France 20,000 BC

Pech Merl 23,000 B.C. Pech Merle is, perhaps, the only one of the great French caves that are open to the public. You can go down into the cave and see the

Introduction Pech Merle

The Pech Merle cave is situated close to the village of de Cabrerets, Lot county, France. Why is it called “Pech Merle” ? In the lower third of France is a southern

2. Where is Pech Merle?

Pech Merle is in Europe which is in dark blue on this map. On the next map you will see where in the world many cave paintings around the world And a

3. The Town On The Hill

The small town on a huge hill. High above the river floor we see an ancient church that has served the town for centuries.     Pech Merle and its village on the

4. Paintings from Pech Merle

And here is what you will find if you go into the cave.   And here we have a hairy mammoth attack a horse. This artist used charcoal and created a sense

Dawn of Prehistoric Rock Art

In the summer of 2006 I visited the Cave of Pech-Merle, near the village of Cabrerets in the Department of Lot-Célé, in the south of France.  This was my first opportunity since

1. Introduction Altamira

Altamira is one of the most important painted caves in Spain. The entire ceiling is covered with artwork. Further down the page is a sample of what you can find there. As

2. Where is Altamira

You can find in Europe.   This give us a chance to see just where Altamira can be found.        

3. The Cave Paintings

This cave is painted high on the ceiling. The artists painted the same animals over and over, as you can see. Bison, red deer, boar and horses were the chosen animals. It

Altamira Cave Paintings

There are three major sites containing cave paintings in Northern Spain which are presumed to have been painted by the Magdalenian people between 16,000-9,000 BC. Spanish archeologist Don Marcelino first discovered the

Altamira The Story

Altamira There are many versions to this true story and this is mine. On a summer’s day in 1879, an amateur anthropologist and his eight-year old daughter were exploring the area around

People Of The Ancient Great Plains

A.The Great Plains, perhaps more than any other area of North America, has come to provide popular imagery of Native American peoples—clichés and erroneous stereotypes. B.While it is true that during a

How Climate Change Kills Societies

Researcher traces the historical effects of long-term shifts By Becky Ham Science WASHINGTON, April 26, 2001 – Timing couldn’t have been worse for the group of colonists who came ashore on Roanoke

Reconstructing Prehistoric Civilizations

In a New Theory of Civilizations Stephen Blaha∗ Associate Harvard Physics Dept.

Ancient Civilizations

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