By Jennifer Viegas:
Most scholars have assumed that all prehistoric artists were male, but new evidence suggests women and even young girls produced at least some cave drawings, according to a study in the latest Oxford Journal of Archaeology.
The study focused on finger flutings made on the walls and ceiling of Rouffignac Cave in the Dordogne, France.
The flutings — lines drawn with the fingers on soft surfaces — as well as other art in the cave are thought to be 13,000 to 14,000 years old, based on stylistic considerations.
The figures pictured here were likely created by a 5-year old girl. The researchers came to this conclusion based not only on her hand dimensions but also on the height of the places where she had been able to reach.
Let’s Stop Assuming The Early Cave Painters Were Dudes. Your quick guide to feminist archaeology: here.
An archaeological site discovered three years ago was apparently a workshop in which early humans made, mixed and stored ochre, the earliest form of paint, researchers are reporting: here.
- Prehistoric Children Finger-Painted on Cave Walls (history.com)
- Prehistoric French Artistes Painted Earliest Wall Art (history.com)
- Cave paintings were Stone Age animations (kottke.org)
- Cave of Altamira, Santillana Del Mar, Cantabria, Northern Spain (thejournalofantiquities.com)
- Understanding Europe´s Oldest Art: Northern Spain Caves (prweb.com)
- Raising (Cave) Boys (livegrownourishcreate.wordpress.com)
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Thank you Jennifer (Little Cave Girl) this sounds really great. I think they would have been just like children are today – they would have loved to paint things on walls.
Yes, and apparently painting then was not a privilege for adults, or more precisely shamans, which some earlier theories said.
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