In Chapter 2, we learned about Early Human Culture and the development of art. There are many examples of ancient cave paintings, particularly in France and Spain. Watch the video clip and also check out website for the Lascaux Cave Paintings in France (also mentioned in pages 6-7 in your textbook). Click ‘visit the cave’ to enter this cool website that features some really amazing early art. Women made most of the oldest-known cave art paintings, suggests a new analysis of ancient handprints. Most scholars had assumed these ancient artists were predominantly men, so the finding overturns decades of archaeological dogma.
Think about: Why do you think they painted in caves and what this art symbolize or mean to the people? How was cave art different from other kinds of art created by early humans? What does this art tell us about early humans? Respond to any of these questions.