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The Creative Revolution Paleolithic Cave Art 35,000 BC – 14,000 BC Western Europe 200+ sites Famous sites: Chauvet, France Lascaux, France Altamira, Spain.

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1 The Creative Revolution Paleolithic Cave Art 35,000 BC – 14,000 BC Western Europe 200+ sites Famous sites: Chauvet, France Lascaux, France Altamira, Spain

2 Chauvet Cave, France 32,000 B.C.

3 Carbon 14 dating of charcoal and animal bones established age of Cave Art sites.  Paint made out of charcoal, rocks and minerals mixed with animal fat.  Black made from charcoal or Black Hemalite  White made from chalk.  Yellow, red and brown made from Ocher

4 Why did Paleolithic Man make Cave Art?  The paintings are believed to have a religious purpose.  Religious leaders known as Shamans were painted at Les Trois Friers and Lascaux.  The paintings may have been visions the Shamans had during trances they entered into trying to contact the spirit world during religious ceremonies.  The animals they painted were the largest in their world and NOT their main sources of food.

5 Ice Age Southern Europe

6 Ice Age: 100,000 BC – 10,000 BC Ice Age (The earth was colder)

7 Muskox: Chauvet Cave

8 Horses: Chauvet cave

9 Cave Bear and Leopard Chauvet Cave

10 Cave Lions: Chauvet Cave

11 Wooly Rhino, Bison, Mammoth Chauvet Cave

12 Running Bison and Fighting Rhinos Chauvet Cave

13 Aurochs: Ancestor of all Cattle

14 Roufignac, France 22,000 B.C. Mammoths

15 Lascaux, France 17,000 B.C. Hall Of Bulls

16 Altamira, Spain 14,000 BC

17 European Bison

18 Altamira : High Point of Cave Art Highly DetailedDramatic Action

19 “In 20,000 years, we have learned nothing!” Pablo Picasso

20 Why were the Cave Art sites abandoned Circa 14,000 B.C.?  Humans began building stone temples.  The archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepli in Turkey has unearthed stone structures filled with carvings of animals.  Gobekli Tepli has been dated to 11,000 B.C. The Neolithic Age had begun.

21 Saharan Rock Art 8,000 BC to 4,000 BC Saharan Desert 2010 AD The Saharan 8,000 BC The Saharan was a Steppe (Savannah) in the Ice Age.

22 Neolithic Rock Art 8,000 BC- 2,000 BC People and domestic animals appear

23 Hippos: Tassili d’ Ajjer Saharan Desert

24 Elephant: Libya

25 Giraffes and Elephants Tassili d’ Ajjer

26 Herding Domestic Cattle Tassili d’ Ajjer

27 African villagers Tassili d’ Ajjer

28 Tassili d’ Ajjer: Villagers, Jellyfish, Domestic Goat, Man riding Camel

29 Cave of Swimmers, Egypt

30 Tassili d’ Ajjer: Herding Domestic Camels


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