SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Stone Age rock art. Artwork of cave paintings of a bison (top) and a boar (bottom). These paintings are found on the roof of the Altamira Cave in northern Spain, and date from the Upper Palaeolithic period (the final period of the Old Stone Age). Excavations have revealed evidence that the cave was inhabited during two periods, one 18,500 years ago, and another around 15,000 years ago. It is thought that these paintings date from the latter period. The drawings are over 60 centimetres long, and were made using materials such as charcoal, ochre and haematite. The cave was discovered in 1879 by the young daughter of Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, who owned the surrounding land. This artwork of the paintings is from The Outline of Science (J. Arthur Thomson, 1922).
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