Saturday, June 27, 2009

Basic human arts - Hohle Fels Cave

Hohle Fels Venus BBC

The Hohle Fels Cave is located in southwest Germany near Ulm in the Svabian Jura.

Recently, Professor Nicholas Conard from the department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology and his team from Tuebingen University have published remarkable discoveries from the cave.

The objects are in deposits belong to the last Ice Age and have C-14 samples dated about 40,000 years ago. They are, accordingly, among the oldest objects of art known today from early Homo sapiens.

And what do we have in this basic collection?

Visual arts and music!

And what was in the mind of prehistoric men?

Hohle Fels Cave bone flute BBC

There are at least three unique bone flutes!

Sex was important, they found a small very sexy female pendant and a stone dildo.

So --- not so much have changed since those early days in the minds of men and women.

Hohle Fels Cave phallus BBC

But not only music and sex - the little bird is exquisite and expands the artistic scope we have learned to know from our Ice Age ancestors.

Hohle Fels Cave Bird BBC

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