The image is an example of the sort of shape they’re talking about. You can see it bigger at Flickr.
Well yes that may be true, but it’s not just Palaeolithic men who’d want to venerate them. Slightly more seriously art is ambiguous. The Minoans are known for their bull symbolism, but it’s unlikely any of the bulls would appreciate their role in the sacrifice.
Thanks to the tip from Archaeozoology and the reminder from Remote Central, I’ve been listening to The Drawings on the Wall. It’s one of those series of 15 minutes documentaries that the BBC sometimes does. George Nash, who’s discovered Neolithic rock art, is the presenter and he does a great job. Really cave art should be one of those subjects that makes awful radio, just a step away from the All-England Live Mime Championship, or Harpo Marx in his own words. On the contrary he does a really good job of capturing the interest and passion of the archaeologists working in the caves.
He also talks about some of the reasons why rock art matters. It’s difficult because he has little time to do this in, but rock art is one of the hot fields in archaeology at the moment, not just for what it is but also for what it says about cognition. What happened to humans that means they have art and chimpanzees don’t?
The second episode goes out Feb 10, so you’ll want to catch it before then.