TIME­LINE OF STONE AGE ART

DRUM - - In The Classroom - YOU INFOGRAPHICS, GALLO IM­AGES/GETTY IM­AGES, COL­LECT SOURCES: THE ART BOOK, DK; NEW HIS­TORY OF SOUTH AFRICA BY HERMANN GILIOMEE & BERNARD MBENGA, TAFELBERG; DK FINDOUT! STONE AGE BY KLINT JANULIS, DK; VIS­UAL-ARTS-CORK.COM; WIKIPEDIA.ORG; BRI­TAN­NICA.COM; J

AURIGNACIAN (40 000-25 000 BC)

The first cave paint­ings: hand sten­cils and red dots. Later come stylised im­ages of an­i­mals and hu­mans.

GRAVETTIAN (25 000-20 000 BC)

More pre­cise and re­al­is­tic cave paint­ings and en­grav­ings de­pict­ing preda­tors as well as large her­bi­vores.

SOLUTREAN (20 000-15 000 BC)

En­grav­ing and re­lief carv­ing in caves be­come more com­mon than paint­ing and show mainly her­bi­vores that were hunted for food and skins.

MAGDALENIAN (15 000-10 000 BC)

Greater range of colours, me­dia and tech­niques. Nat­u­ral­is­tic de­pic­tions of hunter-gath­erer life but the fo­cus is still on an­i­mals.

(10 000-6 000 BC)

As the Ice Age ends, rock art is in­creas­ingly done out­side rather than in caves, and hu­man fig­ures be­come more im­por­tant.

(6 000-2 000 BC)

Rock art be­gins to dis­ap­pear as hu­mans be­come more set­tled as cat­tle farm­ers and crop cul­ti­va­tors. Pot­tery ap­pears.

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