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Cave painting of a mammoth, artwork

Cave painting of a mammoth. Artwork of a prehistoric cave drawing from the cave of Font-de Gaume, in the Dordogne region of France. It shows a mammoth (Elephas primigenius). The paintings in these cave date back to the time of the Magdalenian people, during the Upper Paleolithic period from 18, 000 to 11, 000 BC. Archaelogical research has shown that the Magdalenian diet consisted largely of meat often obtained from hunting big game. Artwork from the 1913 edition of Prehistoric Times (Sir John Lubbock)

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This print showcases a remarkable cave painting of a mammoth, offering us a glimpse into the artistic expressions of prehistoric humans. The artwork originates from the famous Font-de Gaume cave in the picturesque Dordogne region of France. Dating back to the Magdalenian period during the Upper Paleolithic era, these paintings provide invaluable insights into our ancient ancestors' way of life. The mammoth depicted in this artwork is Elephas primigenius, an extinct species that once roamed Europe during the Ice Age. Archaeological research has revealed that hunting big game, such as mammoths, was crucial for survival and sustenance for the Magdalenian people. This painting serves as evidence of their reliance on meat as a primary food source. Originally featured in Sir John Lubbock's Prehistoric Times publication from 1913, this illustration beautifully captures not only the physical appearance but also conveys a sense of reverence towards these majestic creatures. Its historical significance lies not only in its portrayal but also in its contribution to our understanding of early human culture and cognitive archaeology. As we contemplate this mesmerizing piece of stone-age artistry, let us marvel at how it transcends time and connects us with our ancient past. It reminds us that even thousands of years ago, humans possessed an innate desire to express themselves creatively through visual mediums like cave paintings – leaving behind enduring legacies for future generations to appreciate and learn from.

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