17 thoughts on “44,000 BCE: What were we doing?

  1. Katie Kaloustian

    Humans during this time were teaching, warning, decorating, marking their areas and territories with art. They were expressing their fears and what they revolved around, their source of food. This may tell a story to upcoming generations or be a reminder or decoration to be adored.

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  2. Katelyn Brawner

    Prehistoric art is a way of communication and often tells a story. Humans may have also used cave paintings to express emotion or convey the culture. In this specific cave painting, the human figures look as if they may be worshiping the animal depicted.

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  3. Anna Jaca

    During this time, humans were figuring things out. They were seeing new things/animals. Humans would draw/paint what they saw on their cave walls. A lot of times, they would paint what feared them the most and express that in their art. This is basically the first form of a written story.

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  4. Joseph Lewis

    When I view this wallpainting I see one large animal but, I also see many smaller animals surrounding it. Those animals might have been actual other animals or they could have been prehistoric real human beings. I also see a path with an animal on it which looks like it is walking in a straight direction off into the distance. It is however really hard to say what they are doing and the reasoning behind this painting but, in my head I see this painting as either a sign of warning and danger of an animal or this is a sign of respect for a creature that back then was really important to these people.

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  5. Mackenzie Hoffman

    I view cave paintings from this time as many different things. They could be visual aids for teaching moments and stories or a way to connect with nature by drawing the animals the people encounter, or they could mean more than we could know because of the lack of writing at the time. When I see this drawing in particular with the creature and what I believe to be people hunting it I can imagine a father, or father figure, telling a story of a hunt to a group of children to explain how their lives work.

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  6. Nathaniel Holic

    The idea of being the first person in modern era to find these cave paintings gives me chills down my back. These paintings give a great understanding to what life was like before any writing was developed. The art was most likely used to tell stories and express their feelings. These were some of the first expressions by humans that we are still able to observe today.

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  7. Meghan McLees

    These cave paintings were a way to teach each other different stories, rituals, ways of life etc. Especially telling stories through cave paintings were an extraordinary way to communicate with one another. For example, not being able to understand the language, through cave paintings was a way to comprise and understand each other through a different type of communication. When someone found these cave paintings, through interpretation, they figured out this was a certain way of life. Through studying the different images and different paintings, not only did it help historians understand the stories they told and the communication with one another, these paintings were able to interpret a part of history. Through the paintings, they were able to understand a part of a tribes history from where they came from and how they lived their day to day lives.

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  8. Zach Adams

    Cave paintings from this time were to tell stories. They could depict animals such as the one above or something they learned to do or an old story passed on to them by their ancestors. They took a lot of time with the paintings and they were a form of art for them and they looked at everything and used the cave wall to help show the picture with its texture and color.

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  9. Maddy Sever

    Cave paintings were some of my favorite examples of art that we looked at in this course. It gives a legitimate glimpse into what life was like for the people at the time. The paintings tell stories, express fears, rituals, beliefs, worship, etc.. The visual is a fantastic way for us to learns more about these people now. Without the paintings, much of the information we have gathered would be missing, since language cannot often be a factor to aid us in understanding.

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  10. Micah Harlan

    Cave paintings tell stories about the culture that was once inside the cave. The paintings also give us information about how painting and art forms became a thing and evolved into what it has become today.

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  11. Caroline Tinsley

    It’s beautiful how the person who painted this hundred of years ago was able to capture the animals’ presents and put in on the wall for future generations to see and learn from. there is one large animal but around it is smaller figures, maybe showing the most threatening animal as a warning to stay back or it could be the most praised animal known for being able to bring the most to the table when it was killed. In the age when this was painted humans had only scratched the surface to what was out there and as much as we are still learning today can you imagine what they had and hadn’t known.

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  12. Michael Stover

    Cave paintings were a way of communicating. They were able to pass down stories through the generations and also depict their ways of life. Also it was a form of art and they would often paint pictures of animals

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  13. Michaela Steinbauer

    This painting reminds me of the art we studied in the caves of France. The bear in Chauvet cave displayed similar uses of red, which was different pigments from rocks crushed together. It is possibly a representation of an animal that was prominent during that time. These were painted on the walls to tell a story or give others an indication of their culture.

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  14. Emily Shively

    Cave paintings dated this far back usually have animals or hunting scenes depicted. Animals or livestock were vital to humans for survival because of their meat. Therefore, these hunting scenes were insights into their culture and even showed us how they hunted and with what tools. Paintings like these are great for cultures to express their beliefs and what was important to them.

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  15. Elizabeth Glenn

    As we all know most prehistoric art were cave paintings. These cave paintings were used as a way of teaching, warning, story telling, marking that they were here ,etc. Without these cave paintings their history would have been lost in time. I find it very fascinating to see how art was created thousands of years ago. It is also interesting to see what they could create with very little pigment choice. Along with mostly their hands or breath since they didn’t have things such as paint brushes.

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  16. Elena Streeter

    Prehistoric art is truly incredible. There is something so amazing about the fact that people created cave art so many years ago. They had limited resources and knowledge, and yet it tells us so much about them. It tells us what they had access to based on what they used, the animals they respected and hunted, and their artistic abilities which were perhaps the most incredible aspect of all.

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  17. Travis R. Erickson

    Ancient art like this cave painting was away of illustrating a story. Sharing experiences were incredibly important to not only our survival (learning from past mistakes) but to our growing since of identity and culture.

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