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Prehistoric Cave Paintings

Updated on July 15, 2015
Cave Art: Bison
Cave Art: Bison | Source

Are Prehistoric Cave Paintings Really any Good?

Prehistoric cave paintings have been discovered in caves around the world, such as the Chauvet and Lascaux caves in France, the Altamira cave in Spain, the Cueva de las Manos in Argentina, Aboriginal Rock Art in Australia and the Drakensberg Rock Art of the African Bushmen, to name but a few. These paintings are not just the simple, childlike drawings that one might expect from very primitive, almost pre-human artists. In many cases they exhibit amazing use of color, composition and perspective, as well as a fine grasp of the anatomical structure of the animals portrayed.

Ever since these paintings were discovered in the last centuries, there has been much speculation over why early humans created such artistic masterpieces. While no fully agreed upon answers have as yet been produced, it is undeniable that the existence of these amazing artworks has radically changed our understanding of our very early ancestors and what it means to be human. And that is all on top of the fact that they are just remarkable works of art that are a total joy to look at!

Cave Art: Bison - at AllPosters.com

Cave Painting Techniques and Themes

Cave paintings are found all over the world and vary quite considerably in the techniques used to create them as well as in the themes of the images. However, a very common theme is that of animals found in the region during the time period of the artists, animals that those people no doubt hunted. Thus, for example, the rock paintings of the Bushmen (or San) in Africa often feature various types of deer and antelope species, such as the eland shown here, which were commonly found there.

Painting of an eland

San/Bushman Rock art, Ukalamba Drakensberg, South Africa. It shows an Eland.
San/Bushman Rock art, Ukalamba Drakensberg, South Africa. It shows an Eland. | Source

Another common image in cave paintings is the human handprint. This element is found both in the common positive print form, in which a pigment was applied to the hand and then transferred to the rock. A different technique, also found in many locations, involves spraying around a hand to produce a negative image.

Many cave paintings are polychromatic made with mineral pigments, such as manganese, gypsum, malachite, hematite and the like, applied to the surface of the rock. Findings of brushes made from animal hair in the caves explain how these artists were able to produce detailed pictures. The fine lines of some artworks must have required the production of excellent brushes, evidence that these early people took their artistic efforts very seriously.

Interpretation of Cave Paintings

The meaning of cave paintings has been discussed and disputed by scientists and lay people alike ever since these magnificent artworks were discovered. It is generally agreed that they served some purpose beyond mere decoration, although they are delightful to look at, since they are most often located in caves that have little sign of human habitation, or in a deeper section of the caves which was more difficult to access and appeared to be used only in connection with the artworks.

Since many of the images are of animals that were hunted by the artists, it has been suggested that the paintings relate to the hunt. Perhaps they painted the animals they had killed in honor of them and their spirits; or perhaps they painted the animals prior to hunting expeditions, hoping that by painting them they would somehow cause the hunt to be successful; or perhaps they were just an account of successful hunts, or narratives of the life experiences of the artist who maybe painted animals he saw not those he killed, such as the frieze of swimming deer in the cave at Lascaux.

Frieze of deer, Lascaux

The fourth of these "Swimming Stags' carries seven spheres between his horns, possibly signifying the number of full moons from the spring when the artist arrived until the deer crossed the nearby Vézère River in the autumn.
The fourth of these "Swimming Stags' carries seven spheres between his horns, possibly signifying the number of full moons from the spring when the artist arrived until the deer crossed the nearby Vézère River in the autumn. | Source

A more ritualistic interpretation has also been suggested for some of the paintings, particularly in locations where many hands are found. Rather than signatures of the artists's works, these hand prints appear as the paintings themselves. Since hand prints in the Cave of the Hands appear to be of young people, not fully grown men, it has been suggested that they are part of a "coming of age" ritual marking the transition from adolescence into manhood. Perhaps as each young man was accepted as an adult in the society he painted his hand print on the wall of this special cave.

It has also been suggested that the images in many caves were painted by shamans, religious leaders who entered a trance state to contact the spiritual world. This type of interpretation is supported by the Bushmen (or San) of Africa, surviving hunter-gatherer tribesmen, who have agreed that their art represents shaman painting images from the spirit world after entering into a trance.

Altamira Cave Paintings in Spain

The artworks at Altamira are really outstanding, incredibly beautiful, even by contemporary standards. They evidence wonderful use of colors, which the artists used natural dyes to create. These artists also made use of the natural contours of the cave walls to give their images a three-dimensional impact.

The Altamira cave paintings include a few images of animals like horses, a deer, and goats, as well as a number of human handprints. But it is the large herd of bison thundering across the ceiling that captures our imagination the most.

Great hall of polychrome paintings in Altamira
Great hall of polychrome paintings in Altamira | Source

Cave Art at Lascaux in France

The Lascaux caves in France are famous for their numerous cave paintings, realistic portrayals of a variety of large animals. There are depictions of bison, aurochs (an extinct type of wild ox), horses, deer, and felines, all animals known to have existed in Paleolithic times, as well as one single man. The man is dead, lying on the ground with a broken spear beside him, apparently defeated by a bison.

Cave Painting of Bird-Headed Man at Lascaux
Cave Painting of Bird-Headed Man at Lascaux | Source
Hyena in Chauvet Cave
Hyena in Chauvet Cave | Source

Cave Paintings in Chauvet Cave

The Chauvet Cave is located in Southern Fance. It was first explored in 1994 by a team of archaeologists including Jean-Marie Chauvet, hence its name. Another French archaeologist, Jean Clottes, also carried out detailed research at the site. Although there have been disputes about the dating of the paintings, it is agreed that these represent some of the oldest known cave paintings, and many date from as long ago as 30,000 years. Recently, however, cave art in the Cave of El Castillo in Cantabria, Spain was discovered to be the oldest known paintings, some 5-10,000 years older than those in Chauvet Cave. However, those oldest works are hand stencils and discs, with the oldest being just a red dot!

The Chauvet cave contains hundreds of animal paintings, including several species not found in other prehistoric paintings. In this cave the paintings are not just of the animals that would have been hunted by the artists and which are usually found in cave paintings (horses, deer, bison), but also many predators are depicted in the Chauvet cave, including bears, lions, panthers, hyenas and rhinoceroses.

Australian Aboriginal Rock Art

Australian aboriginal rock art includes a range of styles. One particularly interesting style is the cross-hatch or "X-ray" art found in the Arnhem Land and Kakadu region of the Northern Territory. In sites such as Ubirr and Nourlangie there are rocky outcrops that have afforded shelter to Aboriginal inhabitants for thousands of years. In these "caves" there are found many paintings in which the skeletons of the animals and humans portrayed are drawn inside the outline, like an x-ray. The Ubirr site features a painting of a Tasmanian tiger, a species which has been extinct in the area for about 20,000 years, attesting to the age of the paintings.

A rock painting of fish in what's known as X-ray style -- with some internal organs.
A rock painting of fish in what's known as X-ray style -- with some internal organs. | Source

Drakensberg Rock Art in Southern Africa

The Bushmen or San of South Africa and neighboring Botswana and Namibia are famous for their beautiful cave paintings. The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, and some 20,000 rock paintings have been found in its numerous caves and overhangs. There are incredible images of a variety of animals including rhinoceros, elephant, and various antelope species. Originally thought by Europeans to be primitive, crude representations of hunting scenes, lacking perspective and three-dimensionality, these artworks gradually became appreciated for their exquisite color and fine detail.

San Rock Art, Monk's Cowl, Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa - by Ariadne Van Zandbergen at AllPosters.com

Today, the spiritual side of these paintings has been revealed. Contemporary Bushmen have confirmed that the paintings represent shamans stretching out their arms over a fire in a fashion believed to open a portal to the spirit world and evoke power for the hunt. Other images depict the way hunters gained power from the animals that they killed.

Bhimbetka rock painting
Bhimbetka rock painting | Source

Bhimbetka Rock Paintings in India

The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetaka lie in the Raisen District of the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. They were declared an archaeological World Heritage site in 2003. These caves and shelters show evidence of human habitation that dates back to the earliest times.

Some of the rock paintings have been dated back approximately 30,000 years ago. These include paintings depict people, apparently carrying out everyday activities, as well as the more commonly depicted animals.

Hands in Cueva de las Manos in Argentina

Cueva de las Manos, in English "Cave of the Hands," so called because of the numerous painted hands found there, is located in the Patagonian region within Argentina. The cave has a collection of paintings of people, animals such as guanacos (camelids), rheas (flightless birds) and other animals native to South America, hunting scenes and geometric shapes. These paintings are dated at around 9,000 years ago. However it is the collection of hands that is most striking and has attracted the greatest attention.

Cueva de las Manos in Argentina
Cueva de las Manos in Argentina | Source

Art Inspired by Prehistoric Cave Paintings

The brilliant efforts of prehistoric artists have also inspired contemporary artists to create wonderful pieces. Here are some examples.

Cave Horses by carolmotsinger

Cave Horses - by Carol Motsinger at Zazzle.com

Original painting was done in acrylics, pastels, oil pastels, and sand. Inspired by the painting of horses in Chauvet Cave.

'Cavedog' by ameremortal

Cave Dog - by Ameremortal at Zazzle.com

An abstract composition featuring stylized skeletal dog figures and swirls in harmonious and subtle earthy tones, with a stippled texture reminiscent of primitive cave paintings.

Great Books on Prehistoric Cave Paintings

These books are great because they have amazing photos of prehistoric cave art, and they describe how they were made, what they could mean, and a bunch of other stuff that makes it all come to life in a way that one would never expect the world of ancient people to do. At least, I never expected to understand what life was like in the Stone Age in this way!

Archaeologists who have spent their lives studying cave paintings and trying to understand what they meant to the artists, why they painted them (and how), offer their interpretations of these works of art.

There is true beauty here - in the colors, the forms, and the compositions. The more you look at them the more you realize they are truly works of art - a lot better than anything I could ever paint! And you know, it's not just the artistically challenged like myself who feel that way, Pablo Picasso after viewing the paintings at the Lascaux Cave remarked "We have learned nothing in twelve thousand years."

© 2009 Jennifer P Tanabe

What do you think about Prehistoric cave paintings? Have you visited any of the sites?

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      m.h 3 weeks ago

      i should write an article about cavemen and interior design and decoration in caves.

      please help me.

      i have not a good source about that...

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      Joshua 23 months ago

      sweet pictures in the blog awesoe

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 3 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      @tonyleather: I agree! Some of their paintings show greater artist talent that more recent "artists"!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Early humans were obviously every bit as artistic as we are today, even if it was more primitive!

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have always been intrigued by them. Very cool looking on the Zazzle products too.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      What a super lens. I live not too far from the Lascaux caves and really should make a visit. I do love these prehistoric cave paintings.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      A fascinating collection - thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I visited the Drakensberg ones, really awesome.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Great collection - thanks for sharing.

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      Marelisa 4 years ago

      I've always been interested in cave paintings; this lens is fantastic!

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Fascinating. Very interesting lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Stopping by to enjoy this beauty once again...I could get lost here!

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I would love to visit some cave parintings.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      These are amazing paintings. I hope someday to visit Lascaux, although I believe that they no longer let you go into the cave itself but have reproductions.

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      pacourse 4 years ago

      Really interesting. Definitely some places to visit

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Cave paintings have always fascinated me. I sometimes wonder if they might have been the coloring books for ancient children.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I visited bhimbhetka two weeks ago, and was fascinated. I am still wondering why & how these people made these paintings.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Amazing images. Thanks for making this fascinating prehistoric cave painting page!

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Beautiful images. I like the San Rock ones you showed.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Come back to bless this beautiful lens

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      spiffydoo 5 years ago

      I have really enjoyed your informative lens about cave paintings would like to share my own contemporary take on the theme. It is as the following, should you like to see it. I hope you do:) http://lorrainethayersart.weebly.com/index.html

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      Wonderful! I would love to see any of this fascinating art!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      WOW. That is the word I feel that describes Prehistoric cave paintings because wow.. art is timeless and endless. Cave art or prehistoric art is just amazing. Art in general is beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful lens about Prehistoric art and sharing it with others, this is really a beautiful lens, I really mean it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have always had a fascination with prehistoric cave paintings, you created a beatiful lense, thanks for sharing!

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      i love all cave paintings and Prehistoric topics thank you for sharing cool lens

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      mary-deguara 5 years ago

      Absolutely amazing! Considering the details of the paintings it is really something. The pigments they used have survived all these years, these artists were and still are fantastic!!!!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Absolutely fascinating, love the raw detail of many of these drawings. Great lens.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Very interesting! I've always been fascinated by primitive cave paintings, and wonder what the world was like back then. Nicely done!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Fascinating!

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      And to think they did it all without photoshop. :) Very nice lens!

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      Vallygems1 5 years ago

      For me the San Rock Art is just amazing and deeply spiritual

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      masaad 5 years ago

      amazing thanks

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      masaad 5 years ago

      amazing thanks

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      WeirdStuff 5 years ago

      Perfect lens! Thanks for the information.

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      One of the best readings on this topic!

      Yes, I've visited a prehistoric cave, but in Malta - Gar Dhalam/ The Dark Cave - and was quite impressed about "the underground" :)

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      good info lens, wonderful cave paintings

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great information! I just featured your lens in my squidboo lens http://www.squidoo.com/halloween-ideas-for-the-off...

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Ashamedly, I have never seen the genuine articles but I thank you for making this lens available to fill that void. Great lens.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Fantastic cave paintings! it is a very different kind of paintings.

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      MrsPotts 6 years ago

      I've never thought of the artistic aspect of cave drawings. In fact, I really considered them primitive. However, I was carefully looking at your many pictures and realized there is real artistic skill in many of the paintings shown. I've not ever seen many of these drawings and will be looking for a book or two for further investigation. Thank you for introducing the topic as art instead of just communication.

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      FCakir LM 6 years ago

      Fantastic information. Thanks

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Lovely

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      Kitsune64 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens, and very informative! I would love to see ANY cave paintings someday...

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      JackNimble 6 years ago

      Very cool! I want to see them in person as I am sure the pictures, while great, do not do the actual paintings justice.

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      Close2Art LM 6 years ago

      love the lens, thanks for sharing...RWJR

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Always wondered what it would feel like to be the first to see such art after centuries. I thought the X-ray art was very interesting. Very nice lens.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      really a lovely collection of prehistoric cave paintings. i very much enjoyed your page. ~blessed~

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      kimpaul 6 years ago

      Incredibly fascinating! Reminds me of what I saw at fremont indian state park in utah

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Such a lovely lens! The paintings are like new. I have a lens about Rock carvings here in my city Norrkoping. We also have rune stones in Sweden and I have a lens about them too if you are interested!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love cave paintings. They are so obviously the work of highly intelligent beings. Did you know there are paintings of humans in some of these paintings? I saw them once, they were remarkable and quite like modern man.

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful stuff! Great lens.

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Love this stuff! Added to my CAVEMAN WRITING DECIPHERED! AMAZING DISCOVERIES! lens. It is strictly satirical so please don't be offended! heehee.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have to see some of these. Just read about them. Thanks for this lens. A good reference for when we get some time off.

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      Fascinating!!! I have seen many examples of Rock Art, petroglyphs, but never cave paintings. I think I will come back to this again so I can truly digest these. Absolutely fascinating to me. Blessed by an Angel :)

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      Wow! Very interesting. I'd love to see these!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Great lens - congratulations on the Purple Star

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      I always thought these were amazing

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      These paintings are pretty phenomenal considering the sources. Great lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am in awe of these wonderful paintings which reminds me of Ajanta caves in India where the entire life of Buddha was painted on the caves. Such brilliant color display and the medium that was used that scientists do not know what were the ingredients. The works are fading now because they are very old but the government is trying various methods to preserve them.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      @tajo: Thanks! I will add these, and maybe a whole lens on them!

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      tajo 6 years ago

      There is also cave art dating back 28,000 years at Benaojan in Andalucia, and more recently, at Nerja cave, also in Andalucia

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      Lensrolled to several of my art-oriented lens. They will add a lot to my own pages. Thanks.

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      MoonandMagic 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I love prehistoric art and find t very inspiring. Thanks

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      @LizMac60: Thank you Liz!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      @Brookelorren LM: I agree! But "just decorating" implies that they had free time to do things that were not essential to their physical survival, like hunting and preparing for the hunt, which means they were indeed human not just animals that were a bit like humans!

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Just came back to give you a squid angel blessing and say this will be featured on Me?!! A Squid Angel.

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      I personally think that cave people were a lot more like us than some of us think. Why would they have to have a ceremonial reason for painting them? Maybe they just wanted to decorate.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      @Jhangora LM: Thanks - that's a great idea! I'll get right on it.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      I find them really beautiful.

      You may want to add the Bhimbetka Caves in India to this Lens.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Came back to award an Angel Blessing

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I did a research paper on Prehistoric cave paintings way back in the 60's because they have always fascinated me. This is such an interesting lens. I would love to see some Prehistoric Cave Paintings one day but until then I will enjoy these great photos.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      @LizMac60: Yes, indeed! These "primitives" were quite advanced really - animals (even today) aren't capable of this level of art.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely paintings. Amazing. I think they show a lot more intelligence and sophistication than we usually associate with cave men.

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      This is a wonderfully interesting lens I can see why you got a purple star...congrats!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Congratulations on your Purple Star!

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      RebeccaE 6 years ago

      this is certainly a purple star lens.

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Gorgeous.

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      piedromolinero 6 years ago

      A very beautiful lens about an interesting topic. Congratulation on the purple star, well deserved.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Big congratulations on your well deserved PS, it's a fascinating lens.

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      Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

      I'm amazed at how civilized and artistic the prehistoric people were. Makes me wonder how life really was back then... The French cave art and Aussie aboriginal art in particular caught my attention as they are so stylized - the illustrations are definitely ahead of their time. Thank you for this fascinating lens. ~Blessed~

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      Sensitive Fern 6 years ago

      I love the bear in Chauvet Cave. I wonder how the petroglyphs of the American southwest fit into this kind of art? There are some out in the middle of the Sahara, too. Lensrolled to my Art Shaman lens.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Another outstanding lens. Beautifully crafted and nicely worded history and presentation. Thumbs up, faved, liked and featured on Art Supplies

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      We've been to Lascaux II and were stunned and moved by the paintings, thanks for reminding me of those memories

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      pylemountain1 7 years ago

      This is a fascinating topic. I've always been intrigued by prehistoric cave paintings, messages, and all that stuff. But I've never actually seen any of it in real life. Maybe someday.....

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      pylemountain1 7 years ago

      This is a fascinating topic. I've always been intrigued by prehistoric cave paintings, messages, and all that stuff. But I've never actually seen any of it in real life. Maybe someday.....

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for taking me on a tour of these interesting cave drawings!

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      Michelle Collins 7 years ago from Florida

      VERY COOL LENS!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Absolutely amazing pictures and beautifully constructed lens. Blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

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      Rachel Field 7 years ago

      A beautiful lens and beautiful images! Thank you for sharing!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      This is a totally awesome lens! A magnificent lensography! I don't know how I missed this before, but in a way I am glad I did because now I can say Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens!

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      Sue Mah 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      It's amazing how the prehistoric people can have such beautiful drawings in their caves. I love to watch National Geographic programs where they uncover such findings.

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      Absolutely Prehistoric 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

      I am fascinated by all things prehistoric. Earlier tonight I watched a National Geographic program on PBS dealing with the caves of Mustang in Nepal. The artwork looked sharp. This lens provides good content about prehistoric cave art.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love this lens and will lensroll and feature to Neanderthal Art.

      They sure made some beautiful art work,

      Susie

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      MikLint 7 years ago

      this is a very cool and interesting lens! great collection of cave paintings you've got here. 5* I recently saw on TV how an expert demonstrated the spraying around a hand technique you describe.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Spreading my Angel wings to offer a blessing for this beautiful lens.

      Michey

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      Laurel Johnson 7 years ago from Washington KS

      I love ancient petroglyphs and rock art of all kind. I could spend all day surfing your lenses. 5 and fave

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Amazing how OLD some of those paintings are! And I thought the rock art in Grand Canyon was old. Wow! This is a wonderful lens. So interesting. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work.

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      Michey LM 8 years ago

      This is another beautiful lens about painting on caverns. It is miraculous how the painting is preserved in the humidity of caverns.

      Regards

      Michey

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      qlcoach 8 years ago

      Love the cave paintings and the art. Now I want to go to France. Thanks for visiting my lens on Travel and Dream Trips. Also appreciated your comment on my prosperity lens. I will lens roll this one. Peace....Gary.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Incredibly interesting!