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10,000 Years BC

A small selection of photos taken on our visits to Prehistoric sites and Museums around Europe.

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Chauvet Cave Artists
Reconstruction of an artist at work in the Chauvet Cave, where some of the oldest known
cave art has been discovered.

Modern graffiti - did cave art serve a similar purpose? Like cave artists, modern street
artists use particular sites and often over-write their images onto earlier images.

La Madeleine Bison
The La Madeleine Bison, thought to have been carved onto a spear thrower
during the late Palaeolithic.

Faon et Oiseau
The 'Faon aux l'Oiseaux' decorated spear thrower found in southern France,
carved from reindeer antler between 12,000 and 17,000 years ago.

Hunting Party
This scene inscribed on bone is thought to show a hunting party armed with spears or darts.

Pierced Teeth
Cave Lion teeth modified by human hands, to turn them into either a necklace
or clothing decorations.

Abri Pataud Strata
Archaeological layers in the Abri Pataud Palaeolithic rock shelter site. The natural cliff face can be seen in
the top right of the photo. Occasional roof collapses sealed ancient occupation debris for millennia.

Abri Pataud Ibex
One of the hardest parts of discovering cave art is recognising it. The red outline surrounds an ancient carving of an Ibex
found in the ceiling of the Abri Pataud rock shelter. Its large curved horns can be seen in the upper part of the outline.

A selection of harpoon heads, carved from either bone or antler. The lugs at the base may have been
to prevent them rotating on the wooden shaft, or possibly for lining up additional heads.

Palaeofacts: Did you know in May 2013 a Woolly Mammoth frozen into the North Siberian permafrost was discovered in such a complete state of preservation that the carcass oozed liquid blood as it began to thaw out. Carbon-dated to around 40,000 years old, the Mammoth (nicknamed Buttercup) died at a time when our Neanderthal relatives were still walking the Earth. Scientists are hoping to recover sufficient DNA from Buttercup to be able to clone a Mammoth in the future, but intact uncontaminated DNA in such an ancient animal is extremely difficult to find.

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