Culture and Creativity

What would this engraving of a horse have meant to you 12,000 years ago?

The drawing of this horse on a bone fragment from Robin Hood Cave reminds us that the hunters of the Last Ice Age were also artists. Although there are few works to show their creativity in Britain, many are known from France, Spain, central Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Siberia. Sculptures, engraved drawings, paintings, and jewellery are often found with tools and weapons made by full modern humans after about 35,000 years ago. Explore culture and creativity using the links below:

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