TIMELINE OF STONE AGE ART
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.