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Cave Art May Have Been Painted By Mostly Women, Scientists Say

Cave Art May Have Been Painted By Mostly Women, Scientists Say Oct 15th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Hand stencil in Pech Merle Cave. Courtesy French MInistry of Culture The prehistoric cave art of Europe may have been painted mostly by women, a new study covered by National Geographic suggests. Archaeologist Dr. Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University came to this conclusion through studying one of the most enigmatic icons of prehistoric European cave art--hand stencils. In many European...

Spanish Cave Paintings Discovered to be Some of the Oldest in Europe

Spanish Cave Paintings Discovered to be Some of the Oldest in Europe Sep 26th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Image courtesy GipuzkoaKultura Cave paintings at the Altxerri cave system in the Basque region of northern Spain are about 39,000 years old, making them some of the oldest in Europe, Popular Archaeology reports. A team of French and Spanish scientists analyzed the paintings, which include images such as the bison shown here, as well as finger marks, a feline, a bear, an unidentified animal...

World's Oldest Cave Art Found In Spain

World's Oldest Cave Art Found In Spain Jun 15th, 2012 at 1:30PM: Archaeologists analyzing prehistoric paintings in Spain have discovered the earliest example of cave art. El Castillo Cave in Cantabria on Spain's northern coast was one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites investigated for the study. The earliest dates were a minimum of 40,800 years ago for a red disk, 37,300 years for a hand stencil, and 35,600 years for a club-shaped symbol. The red disk...

Video: The Prehistoric Cave Art Of Cantabria, Spain

May 14th, 2012 at 5:00PM: One of the advantages of living in Europe is that you can visit lots of historic sites with your kids. This fosters an interest in the past, reduces museum fatigue and is a great way to learn together. I live in Cantabria, on the north coast of Spain, a region filled with historic sites from Napoleonic forts to preserved Roman towns. Cantabria is most famous for the prehistoric cave art in...

Oldest cave art in UK discovered and vandalized

Oldest cave art in UK discovered and vandalized Aug 31st, 2011 at 11:30AM: A design of a reindeer hidden in the back of a Welsh cave may be the oldest cave art in the UK, archaeologists say. Sadly, it's been vandalized. Unlike the more familiar cave paintings of France and Spain, the reindeer is scratched into the rock instead of being painted, like this horse from the Scottish cave of East Weymss courtesy Europe a la Carte. No photo of the reindeer has been released...

Ethiopia's Somali region: a potential adventure travel destination?

Ethiopia's Somali region: a potential adventure travel destination? Mar 31st, 2011 at 9:00AM: As I mentioned yesterday, I've been exploring Ethiopia's Somali region. While my quest for Ahmed Guray's castle was a failure, I did see potential for adventure travel in the region. Adventure travelers generally are looking for three things: historical sights, interesting cultures, and natural wonders. The Somali region is a bit short of historical sights, although there are a few of interest,...

Ancient cave art discovered in Somaliland

Ancient cave art discovered in Somaliland Sep 18th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Somaliland is little-known as an adventure travel destination. The breakaway region of northern Somalia isn't even recognized as a nation, but traveling in Somaliland I found it to be a fascinating and friendly country. Its biggest draw for visitors is the well-preserved cave art at Laas Geel, shown above. Now Somaliland has even more ancient attractions with the announcement that...

Prehistoric cave art discovered in Transylvania

Prehistoric cave art discovered in Transylvania Jun 18th, 2010 at 9:30AM: A group of speleologists exploring a cave in the Apuseni Nature Park in Transylvania, Romania, have discovered what could be Central Europe's oldest cave art. Paintings of now-extinct species rhinoceros and cat were found next to images of bison, a horse, a bear's head, and a female torso. While dating cave art is difficult, based on the style archaeologists believe the figures are anywhere...

Laas Geel: Somaliland's ancient treasure

Laas Geel: Somaliland's ancient treasure May 17th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Before becoming a writer I worked as an archaeologist, and one of the things that inspired me to choose that profession was the beautiful cave art of Europe--places like Lascaux, Altamira, Chauvet, and so many others. One of the things that inspired me to go to Somaliland was the recently discovered painted caves of Laas Geel. The paintings are being studied by Sada Mire, Somaliland's head...

Somaliland: the other Somalia

Somaliland: the other Somalia Feb 5th, 2010 at 9:00AM: There are some places you just can't consider for a vacation. While even Iraq has recently opened up to carefully handled tours, Somalia remains out of bounds. What with an Islamist movement proudly proclaiming its ties to Al-Qaeda, and a decades-long civil war between rival clans, there's no chance of exploring the Somali culture and landscape, right? Actually, that's only half true. ...

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