Ice age art cracks her­itage nod

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WARSAW: The UN Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Unesco) yes­ter­day named as a World Her­itage Site a group of caves in Germany that con­tain the world’s old­est ice age art­work.

Ac­cord­ing to Unesco’s world her­itage com­mit­tee, the six caves lo­cated in the Swabian Alps of south-west­ern Germany con­tain the ear­li­est art­work rep­re­sent­ing fig­ures, and pro­vide im­por­tant knowl­edge of how art de­vel­oped.

Among the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds in the caves was the 40 000-year-old hu­man fig­urine Venus of Hohle Fels. Since the 1860s, ex­ca­va­tions in the caves have pro­duced nu­mer­ous fig­urines from as long as 43 000 years ago, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions of mam­moths, li­ons, horses and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, as well as fe­male fig­ures and an­i­mal-hu­man hy­brids.

The finds are among the old­est ev­i­dence of artis­tic ac­tiv­ity by early hu­mans.

Cul­tural ex­perts and his­to­ri­ans are meet­ing un­til July 12 in south­ern Poland to de­cide the sta­tus of more than 30 sites nom­i­nated to the World Her­itage List. – dpa

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