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"Journey into the Past: Exploring the Wonders of Prehistory" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating world of prehistory

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7382

Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7382
Lascaux II replica of a Lascaux cave painting. These are horse and cow figures in the central gallery. The original Lascaux cave was closed to the public in 1963

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7378

Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7378
Lascaux II replica of a Lascaux cave painting. These are deer and auroch figures in the Great Hall of the Bulls. The original Lascaux cave was closed to the public in 1963

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Scotland, Orkney Islands, Skara Brae Prehistoric Village

Scotland, Orkney Islands, Skara Brae Prehistoric Village. Skara Brae, a stone-built Neolithic settlement, located on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Mainland Orkney

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071

Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen C016 / 5071
Archaeopteryx fossil, Berlin specimen. Cast of the Archaeopteryx specimen held at the Berlin Natural History Museum. This cast shows the spread-out wings and long, clawed fingers

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Sunrise at the White Horse, Uffington, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Sunrise at the White Horse, Uffington, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Venus of Willendorf, Stone Age figurine

Venus of Willendorf, Stone Age figurine, rear view. Discovered in 1908 near Willendorf, Austria, this 11-centimetre-tall limestone figurine dates from around 23, 000 years ago

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Paleolithic. France. Cabrerets. Pech Merle cave. The dotted

Paleolithic. France. Cabrerets. Pech Merle cave. The dotted
Prehistory. Paleolithic. France. Cabrerets. Pech Merle cave. The dotted horse. His head is drawn in the natural cut of the rock. On his back, a large red fish. Six black hands all around the horses

Background imagePrehistory Collection: The Trundholm sun chariot. Early Bronze Age. C. 1400 BC

The Trundholm sun chariot. Early Bronze Age. C. 1400 BC
Prehistory. The Trundholm sun chariot. Early Bronze Age. C. 1400 BC. Scandinavian

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands), UNESCO World Heritage Site, a cave or series

Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands), UNESCO World Heritage Site, a cave or series of caves located in the province of Santa Cruz, 163 km south of the town of Perito Moreno, Patagonia, Argentina

Background imagePrehistory Collection: The Ichthyosaur from the Universal Dictionary of Natural History, 1860

The Ichthyosaur from the Universal Dictionary of Natural History, 1860
GIA4751416 The Ichthyosaur from the Universal Dictionary of Natural History, 1860 by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Archaeopteryx - bird-like dinosaur

Archaeopteryx - bird-like dinosaur
Archaeopteryx - a genus of bird-like dinosaurs that is transitional between non-avian feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. Date: Late Jurassic Period

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus

Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus
Sheet 3 of a series of posters by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins c. 1862, showing Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus. Date: circa 1862

Background imagePrehistory Collection: The Last Days of the Dinosaurs - Time of Great Change

The Last Days of the Dinosaurs - Time of Great Change
The Last Days of the Dinosaurs - Cretaceous Period - a time of great change, about 80 Million Years ago. Illustration by Neave Parker (with the co-operation of Dr. W. E. Swinton)

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Prehistoric Art. Greece. Handmade vase without decoration

Prehistoric Art. Greece. Handmade vase without decoration. Globular body with two small handles, wide mouth and foot. National Archaeological Museum. Athens. Greece

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum, on a snowy plain. 1908 (illustration)

Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum, on a snowy plain. 1908 (illustration)
7233337 Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum, on a snowy plain. 1908 (illustration) by Harder, Heinrich (1858-1935); Private Collection; (add.info.: Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum)

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Catalhoyuk (Catal Hoyuk and Catal Huyuk) - a very large Neolithic

Catalhoyuk (Catal Hoyuk and Catal Huyuk) - a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic proto-city settlement in southern Anatolia, which existed from approximately 7100 BC to 5700 BC

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Tautavel Man. Subspecies of the hominid Homo erectus. Arago

Tautavel Man. Subspecies of the hominid Homo erectus. Arago
Tautavel Man. Subspecies of the hominid Homo erectus. 450.000 years old fossil. Discovered in the Arago Cave in Tautavel, France

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Bone objects. Maglemosian Culture, 9500-6500 BC

Bone objects. Maglemosian Culture, 9500-6500 BC
Bone objects. C. 8700 BC. Skottemarke, Lolland. Maglemosian Culture, 9500-6500 BC. Mesolithic. National Museum of Denmark. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Mrs. Ples skull

Mrs. Ples skull
Mrs. Ples. Reproduction of a skull of a Plesianthropus transvaalensis. Found at Sterkfontein. South Africa

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Palaeozoology, Triassic period, fossil reptiles, Longisquama insignis, illustration by Simon Turvey

Palaeozoology, Triassic period, fossil reptiles, Longisquama insignis, illustration by Simon Turvey
Palaeozoology - Triassic period - Fossil reptiles - Longisquama insignis -Art work by Simon Turvey

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Eurypterus, a fossil eurypterid

Eurypterus, a fossil eurypterid
The paddles used for swimming are very conspicuous in the Silurian eurypterid Eurypterus from New York State. This individual measures 12 cm in length

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Map of the continents and seas in the Upper Triassic

Map of the continents and seas in the Upper Triassic period. North America, Atlantis, Europe, Asia, Gondwanaland. Colour print after an illustration from Wilhelm Bolsches Das Leben der Urwelt

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era - China

Dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era - China
An artificial reconstruction by Neave Parker (with the co-operation of Dr. W. E. Swinton) of Dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era found in China especially in the Provinces of Kansu and Szechuan

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick and Helvellyn

Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick and Helvellyn
Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick and view towards Helvellyn - Cumbria, England Date: 1908

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Stonehenge, Wiltshire - John Constable

Stonehenge, Wiltshire - John Constable
Stonehenge, Wiltshire - painted by John Constable (1776-1837) - bequeathed to the V&A by Miss Isabel Constable. Date: 1835

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Anoplotherium commune & gracile, Palaeotherium

Anoplotherium commune & gracile, Palaeotherium
Sheet 4 of a series of posters called Extinct Animals by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins c. 1862. This collection of mammals could be found during the Eocene epoch some 50 million years ago

Background imagePrehistory Collection: The Standing Stones of Stenness, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Orkney Islands, Scotland

The Standing Stones of Stenness, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Terracotta goddess statue, from Tell es-Sawwan

Terracotta goddess statue, from Tell es-Sawwan
Prehistory, Iraq. Terracotta goddess statue, 6th millennium b.C. From Tell es-Sawwan

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Wagon shaped clay pots from Budakalasz

Wagon shaped clay pots from Budakalasz
Prehistory, Hungary, Bronze Age. Baden Pecel culture. Wagon shaped clay pots from Budakalasz

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Stone Age carving, Magdalenian culture C014 / 2411

Stone Age carving, Magdalenian culture C014 / 2411
Stone Age carving, Magdalenian culture. This object, carved from reindeer antler, shows a bison turning its head, possibly to lick an insect bite

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Olduvai Gorge landscape, Tanzania C015 / 6429

Olduvai Gorge landscape, Tanzania C015 / 6429
Olduvai Gorge landscape, Tanzania. This gorge (also called Oldupai Gorge) is famous for the fossils discovered here of extinct hominins that form part of the human evolutionary tree

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Ardipithecus ramidus landscape

Ardipithecus ramidus landscape. Artwork of Ardipithecus ramidus male and female hominids (right) climbing a fallen branch and standing in an African forest during the Pliocene. A

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Skull of Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis)

Skull of Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis). Krapina. Croatia. Natural History Museum. London. United Kingdom

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Earliest man tracked by tooth, discovery in Pliocene strata

Earliest man tracked by tooth, discovery in Pliocene strata
The earliest man tracked by a tooth: an astounding discovery of human remains in Pliocene strata. An artists vision of Hesperopithecus (the ape-man of the western world) and contemporary animals

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Phacops, a fossil trilobite

Phacops, a fossil trilobite
This Moroccan Devonian Phacops is enrolled, measuring 4.5 cm in width, and has a glabella covered in tubercles

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Piltdown Man reconstructed, 1912

Piltdown Man reconstructed, 1912
Piltdown Man, as imagined by Illustrated London News special artist Amedee Forestier, soon after the discovery of the bones was made public in 1912

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Mamenchisaurus dinosaurs, artwork C018 / 8572

Mamenchisaurus dinosaurs, artwork C018 / 8572
Mamenchisaurus dinosaurs. Artwork of two sauropods of the species Mamenchisaurus hochuanensis, grazing amongst cycads, juniper and ginkgo 150 million years ago in what is today China

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Red Lady of Paviland femur C016 / 5028

Red Lady of Paviland femur C016 / 5028
Red Lady of Paviland femur. This fossil femur, stained red with ochre, is part of a human fossil skeleton (Homo sapiens) known as the Red Lady of Paviland (Paviland 1)

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Ichthyosaurus fossil C013 / 7904

Ichthyosaurus fossil C013 / 7904
Ichthyosaurus fossil

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Prehistoire, art du Paleolithique superieur : un bison ou auroch

Prehistoire, art du Paleolithique superieur : un bison ou auroch, peinture parietale dans la grotte d Altamira (Espagne)
FIA5384849 Prehistoire, art du Paleolithique superieur : un bison ou auroch, peinture parietale dans la grotte d Altamira (Espagne), charbon et ocre rouge

Background imagePrehistory Collection: A pterodactyl. c. 1880 (gouache)

A pterodactyl. c. 1880 (gouache)
6437603 A pterodactyl. c.1880 (gouache) by Hungarian School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: History. Prehistory. A pterodactyl. Anonymous gouache, Hungary, circa 1880. Coll)

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Plesiosaur from the Universal Dictionary of Natural History, 1860

Plesiosaur from the Universal Dictionary of Natural History, 1860
GIA4751495 Plesiosaur from the Universal Dictionary of Natural History, 1860 by Unknown Artist, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Extinct Nothosaurus, mid-Triassic period

Extinct Nothosaurus, mid-Triassic period
Nothosaurus, extinct genus of sauropterygian reptile from the shell-bearing limestone seas, mid-Triassic period. Illustration from Wilhelm Bolsches Das Leben der Urwelt, Prehistoric Life

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Plesiosaurus battling Temnodontosaurus (Oligostinus), 1840 (engraving)

Plesiosaurus battling Temnodontosaurus (Oligostinus), 1840 (engraving)
3697027 Plesiosaurus battling Temnodontosaurus (Oligostinus), 1840 (engraving) by Martin, John (1789-1854); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Conquest of fire, illustration from L Homme Primitif

Conquest of fire, illustration from L Homme Primitif
CHT248293 Conquest of fire, illustration from L Homme Primitif by Louis Figuier (1819-94) engraved by Henri Theophile Hildibrand (1824-97) published Hachette, 1870 (engraving) (b/w photo) by Bayard

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Plesiosaur

Plesiosaur
An illustration by Neave Parker of the extinct marine reptile, Plesiosaur. These lived throughout most of the Mesozoic (MZ) era becoming extinct 65 million years ago at the time of the K-T extinction

Background imagePrehistory Collection: The Poulnabrone dolmen, prehistoric slab burial chamber, The Burren, County Clare

The Poulnabrone dolmen, prehistoric slab burial chamber, The Burren, County Clare, Munster, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Background imagePrehistory Collection: Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Lake District, Cumbria, England

Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Lake District, Cumbria, England



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"Journey into the Past: Exploring the Wonders of Prehistory" Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating world of prehistory. From the mesmerizing Lascaux II cave painting replica, where ancient art comes to life, to witnessing a breathtaking sunrise at the iconic White Horse in Uffington, Oxfordshire, prepare for an unforgettable adventure. Venture further north to Scotland's Orkney Islands and discover the Skara Brae Prehistoric Village. Walk among ancient stone structures that have stood for thousands of years, offering a glimpse into our ancestors' lives. Transport yourself even further back as you witness "The Last Days of the Dinosaurs - Time of Great Change. " Marvel at the Archaeopteryx fossil found in Berlin; this remarkable specimen bridges the gap between dinosaurs and birds, showcasing nature's incredible evolution. Uncover mythical creatures like never before with an illustration capturing a Siberian unicorn on a snowy plain. Imagine roaming alongside these majestic beings that once roamed our planet. Continue your journey through time with Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus – two extraordinary dinosaurs that roamed Earth millions of years ago. Witness their grandeur and marvel at their unique features. Prepare to be amazed by Archaeopteryx – a bird-like dinosaur that challenges everything we know about prehistoric life. Its existence blurs boundaries between reptiles and avians, leaving us awe-inspired by nature's creativity. Delve deep into Paleolithic history as you explore France's Cabrerets Pech Merle cave adorned with dotted artwork. These enigmatic paintings offer insights into early human expression and leave us pondering their meaning. Witness brilliance from Early Bronze Age with The Trundholm sun chariot dating back to 1400 BC. This exquisite artifact showcases humanity's fascination with celestial bodies while highlighting advanced craftsmanship skills during this era. Marvel at Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands), a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Argentina.