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Saturday Art: Top 10 Most Amazing Cave Paintings In The World

November 25, 2017
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10. Laas Gaal Cave Paintings: Laas Gaal is a popular archaeological site located in Northwestern Somalia that contains a series of granite caves. The Neolithic paintings within the caves dating back to 8000 – 10000 years. Laas Gall cave paintings were discovered by a French archaeological team in 2002.

9. Serra da Capivara: The cave paintings in world heritages listed Serra DA Capivara national park of Brazil is the oldest known art in South America. Many of prehistoric paintings in the national park date to around 25000 years ago. They represent hunting, dancing and figures of humans and animals.

8. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters: Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh state of India housed the collection of one of the oldest cave paintings in the world. Bhimbetka contain 700 rock shelters discovered by Indian archaeological scientist V.S Wakandar in 1957. The caves deliver evidence of earliest human activities in Indian sub continent. They also display outstanding rock paintings from the Mesolithic period (10000-5000 B.C). UNESCO also declared the site as a world heritage site in 2003.

7. Cuevas de las Manos: The Cuevas de las Manos cave series in Santa Cruz province of Argentina also known as ‘cave of hands’. The cave named after paintings of hands dates between 9000 and 13000 years ago. The caves also contain paintings of hunting scenes, animals, geometric shapes and zigzag patterns. The site became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991.

6. Kakadu Rock Art: The Kakadu national park in Darwin in Australia contains thousands of aboriginal sites including rock arts, stone tools and rock shelters. The rock arts in Kakadu national park represent earliest human civilization, back more than 40000 years ago.

5. Magura Cave: The walls of the cave decorated with outstanding paintings date back to Neolithic and early Bronze age period. The paintings depict deities, animals and hunting techniques of ancestors of the site. There is also a solar calendar on the wall of Magura cave that represent 366 days and five different festivals.

4. Chauvet cave: The rock paintings in the site date between 30000 and 32000 B.P, during Aurignacian period. The wall of the cave decorated with more than 1000 images of the ancestors of last stone age (between 50000 and 10000 years ago). The cave has remained hidden from the outer world since 20000 B.P. It was rediscovered by a group of speleologists in 1994.

3. Cave of Altamira: Cave of Altamira in Northern Spain is the first site in the world to feature upper Paleolithic cave paintings. The paintings represent wild mammals and human hands. The rock fall which sealed the cave entrance before 13000 years ago also became a factor for the rock paintings to remain to be in best preserved state.

2. Lascaux, Dordogne: Lascaux contain more than 2000 cave paintings. The Lascaux cave paintings are estimated to be 20000 years old. The paintings depict animals, human figures and abstract signs.

1. Cave of EL Castillo: The cave paintings EI catillo cave in Cantabria of Spain is the oldest known cave art in the world. The prehistoric red dots and hand stencils of EI Castillo are more than 40800 years old. Archaeologists believed that these cave arts were made by Neantherthal. The cave contain 100 different types of images and motifs.

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