Abstract: Ice Age Art: A Look at the Visual Cultures of the Pleistocene


30,000 years ago humans began to paint images of animals, enigmatic geometric figures and even people on cave walls. For over a century, researchers have been interested in the meanings of these images and how they were created.  This lecture will discuss current research in Ice Age art and its implications for our understanding of what it means to be human.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader):

The Humans Who Went Extinct: Why Neandertals Died Out and We Survived by Clive Finlayson. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2009).

Cave Art by Jean Clottes, 2nd edition.  (2010).  Phaidon Press. 

The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art  by David Lewis-Williams.  (2004).  Thames and Hudson. 

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