With the soon to be released Herzog movie "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" and recent related article in The New Yorker Letter from Southern France: First Impressions : The New Yorker it might be time to visit (or revisit) the topic of "art and the caveman."
"What emerged with that revelation was an image of Paleolithic artists transmitting their techniques from generation to generation for twenty-five millennia with almost no innovation or revolt. A profound conservatism in art, Curtis notes, is one of the hallmarks of a “classical civilization.” For the conventions of cave painting to have endured four times as long as recorded history, the culture it served, he concludes, must have been “deeply satisfying”—and stable to a degree it is hard for modern humans to imagine."
The lack of a written record belies the sophistication of the peoples that lived in that time. This is one movie I'm looking forward to.
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