– [Narrator] Wooly mammoths, step bison, and other large mammals once roamed alongside
people across Eurasia. Tens of thousands of years later, we may have glimpse
into this Ice Age world through the cave art left
behind by early humans. (tinkling music) Around 400 art-filled caves and shelters predominately located in France and Spain have been discovered so far. Some of the most elaborate
prehistoric artwork exists in caves in France known as Lascaux Grotto
and Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc. Cave art dates as far
back as 65,000 years ago to the time of the neanderthals. Though, radiocarbon
dating and other methods have revealed most art to be
less than 40,000 years old and created by homo sapiens. The majority of cave art depicts animals that humans would have
encountered or hunted during the Ice Age, such as mammoths, horses,
lions, aurochs, and deer. Some human figures and other symbols have also been discovered. Cave paintings were mostly created with red or black
pigments made from rocks. Some artworks were painted
directly onto cave walls, while some were first engraved
into the stone with tools. Occasionally, the artists would follow the natural contours of the stone walls to accentuate an animal’s features. Ever since the late
1800s, people have debated the meaning and purpose of cave art. Some scholars think cave paintings were created by shamans who
would go deep into caves and enter a trance-like state, drawing animals they
encountered in the spirit world. Symbols repeated across artworks may indicate that those symbols had agreed upon meaning among the artists. Thus, perhaps cave art also represents the earliest form of
graphic communication. In reality, cave art may have been created for a variety of reasons. While we may never know
with absolute certainty why cave art was made, or the meaning behind
individual paintings, these works give us insight
into the evolving minds of our prehistoric ancestors and the world in which they lived. By one view, cave artists
were prehistoric naturalists. Their detailed drawings may teach us about the appearance
and behavior of animals that have long been extinct. But perhaps more significant, a part of our never-ending
quest to find out who we are and where we came from, cave art may provide evidence of a time when humans were first able to etch their thoughts in stone.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Great video btw
    But, you know at the endcard, it looks nice and everything. BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD fix the sound. Wearing headphones and seeing the endcard is very unplesant

  2. I think it to be time well spent to analyze the massive amount in similarities in symbolism in cave art and in pictographs as well as petroglyphs. The biggest question in comparative symbology is how the same symbols are found throughout the world at roughly the same time whilst being separated by thousands of miles and with no known interaction with these different groups of humans 40k yra to 10k yra. How can South America have some of the same symbols as Africa, when history or DNA shows no correlations between the two. Very interesting history to analyze.

  3. I love how we give importance to that. I mean, they were written thousands of years ago… and today here we are, trying to solve the puzzle left by our ascendents… The enigma is so inspiring! Guess that we need to know them, before try to understand what they have done.

  4. I just broke a world record on my channel. Show s9me love by checking it out it’s only 40 seconds long. It would mean a lot 🙌

  5. I think they just got bored and decided to draw animals I mean if you’re fearful for your life and always sad and probably alone or with the people you only know probably cake and the only way to get away from them is to draw the wall I mean I take that rather than go out and run around waiting for thousand years for the first fire and it’s better than being around rocks making tools I mean have you tried making a storm ask it takes forever and it’s boring I think I just got bored and started dawin

  6. Porque é que a maioria das pinturas rupestres foram se calhar feitas por mulheres?? Sempre me fascinaram estas pinturas …a arte em bruto e cheias de elegância!! Que saberiam estas(es) pintores que nós simplesmente esquecemos?!! Ainda mais maravilhoso de se obstar é que sem formação artística exibiam estas pinturas as suas vidas e o que viviam!! Existem também pinturas rupestres com figuras de ovnis ..e intrigante mesmo?

  7. If ever in the Pyrénese region of France, visit th Grotte de Niaux. I've been there several times and I think that many of the cave paintings there were used in this video. They do brilliant tours if you don't mind descending into a dark cave.

  8. how did they paint in all that dark? What did they use to get light for all that painting? How did they get up so high to paint all that?? I would love to get some answers on these questions.

  9. I have been learning about cave art in 2nd period (social studies) I decided to check it out myself. This is very interesting I have also seen many of these paintings in class so I know a lot about them.

  10. You got to remember it was dangerous times so while the parents went to gather the children stayed in the cave so those are beautiful youngling drawings as well and yea them kids were very skilled in drawing if there was scary ones that means there parents did come back another tribe were outside the cave messing with them animals may have got them tracked back to the cave

  11. Hello there. We're working on an exhibition about public archaeology where we need to present this video. Is there any person to whom I can speak whether there is any problem to present the video under the name of National Geographic or not?

  12. I just they weren't trying to tell a story.i think they realized they can make this and started to draw for fun.

  13. Humans have the artist instinct boiling in their blood. The early humans were among the first living things that decided to recreate nature through drawings. Back then something miraculous was happening, something never seen or thought possible. Intelligence was being born, something remarkable the beginning of conscience,

  14. Why National Geographic does not mention the Tassili caves is one of the biggest puzzles in history located in Algeria

  15. "Never ending quest" for those who walk in THE DARK but for those who walk in THE LIGHT of Christ, there is no quest. We know EXACTLY where we came from AND where we're going.

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