Cave artists put horses on a pedestal

Rhys Blakely, Science Correspondent for the TIMES of London, writes:

For 20,000 years Europe’s Stone Age artists focused on a particular menagerie. Using secluded caves as their canvas, they painted bison, mammoths, ibex, and wild ox.

During all that time, however, one species occupied a special place in their thoughts — the horse.

New research has offered a fresh interpretation of the art that remains from the Palaeolithic era. Over the past two decades, Georges Sauvet of the University of Toulouse in France has been compiling a database that now contains nearly 5,000 drawings, paintings and engravings of animals that were made in caves across France and Spain.

The earliest images could be more than 30,000 years old. The youngest date from about 12,000 years ago.


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FEATURED IMAGE: Horses dominate Paleolithic paintings in the complex of caves at Lascaux in southwest France. ALAMY.

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