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18 September 2023
Anthropology, Archaeology

At https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-more-than-100-ancient-drawings-in-a-spanish-cave-180982898/ … At Millares, near Valencia, down south, we now have Palaeolithic cave art. Most of the known cave art is located in northern Spain, or southern France. A systematic survey of the  art work was undertaken – comprising some one hundred drawings and engravings. This, they think, goes back to around 24,000 years ago, at the height of the Late Glacial Maximum. There are nineteen confirmed animal reproductions – hinds, horses, aurochs, and deer. Some of them were etched, but mostly, they used red clay found on the cave floor as the medium of choice. In that way the art is unique as it is normally executed using ochre or manganese. Some of the clay was covered by calcite which preserved them to modern times.

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