By Jean Clottes

Even though cave work from the eu Ice Age have has received enormous renown, for lots of humans the time period "rock artwork" continues to be filled with secret. but it refers to might be the oldest kind of inventive undertaking, excellent examples of which exist on all continents and from all eras. Rock artwork stretches in time from approximately 40 thousand to under 40 years in the past and will be came upon from the Arctic Circle to the end of South the USA, from the caves of southern France to the yankee Southwest. It comprises animal and human figures, advanced geometrical varieties, and myriad mysterious markings.

Illustrated in colour all through, this publication offers an enticing evaluation of rock artwork all over the world. An introductory bankruptcy discusses the invention of rock artwork through the West and the significance of panorama and formality. next chapters survey rock artwork websites during the international, explaining how the paintings should be dated and the way it was once made. The publication then explores the that means of those frequently enigmatic photographs, together with the complicated position they performed in conventional societies. a last bankruptcy appears to be like on the threats posed to rock artwork this day through improvement, tourism, toxins, and different hazards, and discusses present projects to maintain this striking history.

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