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stone Age Cave Paintings


  • Initially, the age of the paintings had been a contentious issue, since methods like radiocarbon dating can produce misleading results if contaminated by samples of older or newer material, and caves and rocky overhangs (where parietal art is found) are typically littered with debris from many time periods.
  • Stone Age cave painters were realists, painting what they saw, rather than what they imagined, according to a study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Gaining access to caves in France, where a lot of Stone Age art is located, can be devilishly complicated.
  • Known as "the prehistoric Sistine Chapel," the Lascaux Caves, a cave complex in southwestern France, contain some of the most remarkable paleolithic cave paintings in the world, from at least 15,000 years ago.
  • The Paleolithic Age, or Old Stone Age, spanned from around 30,000 BCE until 10,000 BCE and produced the first accomplishments in human creativity.
  • In twenty years (1964-84) of insanely painstaking labor--scraping the soil in small horizontal squares at Pincevent, a twelve-thousand-year-old campsite on the Seine--he and his disciples gave us one of the richest pictures to date of Paleolithic life as the Old Stone Age was ending.
  • The Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in the Ardèche department of southern France is a cave that contains some of the earliest known cave paintings, as well as other evidence of Upper Paleolithic life.
  • Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Altamira was the world's first place where the existence of rock art from the Later Stone Age (LSA) was identified.
  • We can only speculate about the purposes of the cave paintings found at Lascaux and other sites.































































































































stone Age Hand Axe


  • This phase is commonly thought of as the most important in hand axe fabrication, although it is not always used, such as for hand axes made from flakes or a suitable tool stone.
  • Both these cases relate to Mousterian cultures, although they are relatively late and have their own style, at the end of the so-called African Middle Stone Age.
  • Handaxes were first made by our ancient ancestors, members of the hominin family about 1.76 million years ago, as part of the Acheulean tradition toolkit of the Lower Paleolithic (a.k.a. Early Stone Age), and they were used well into the beginning of the Middle Paleolithic (Middle Stone Age) period, about 300,000-200,000.
  • A line known as the Movius Line divides the Old World into two parts: to the west are the hand axe areas, and to the east are the chopper or flak-and-chip areas.
  • Have you ever used a stone knife to cut your meals?
  • Credit Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York Times The curators have surely put their fingers on the scale by staging the show at a modern art center, where the hand axes and stones appear in an immaculate light far from the dinosaur bones and dioramas of the universal museum.
  • Early humans created these hand axes by breaking off big pieces with large rocks, and then shaping the fine edge with smaller rocks and pieces of bone.
  • Stone Age humans, principally the species Homo erectus, would use rocks, bones or antlers to fracture larger boulders, hewing sharp tools in a laborious process known as knapping.
  • Early humans were using stone hand axes as far back as 1.8 million years ago.
  • Both cores and flakes were used all through the stone age, but there was increasing emphasis on flake tools as time passed and techniques for controlled flaking improved.









































































































































































































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