Most Famous Prehistoric Cave Paintings

Cave paintings are painted drawings on cave walls or ceilings, mainly of prehistoric origin, dated to some 40,000 years ago (around 38,000 BCE) in Eurasia. The exact purpose of the Paleolithic cave paintings is not known. Evidence suggests that they were not merely decorations of living areas since the caves in which they have been found do not have signs of ongoing habitation. They are also often located in areas of caves that are not easily accessible. Some theories hold that cave paintings may have been a way of communicating with others, while other theories ascribe a religious or ceremonial purpose to them. The paintings are remarkably similar around the world, with animals being common subjects that give the most impressive images. Humans mainly appear as images of hands, mostly hand stencils made by blowing pigment on a hand held to the wall.

Most famous prehistoric cave paintings
Cueva de las Manos, Argentina – Between 3,000 and 9,000 years old
Most famous prehistoric cave paintings
Altamira Cave, Spain – Between 14,000 and 18,500 years old
Most famous prehistoric cave paintings
Lascaux Cave, France – More than 17,000 years old
Most famous prehistoric cave paintings
Ubirr, Kakadu National Park, Australia – The oldest of these paintings is said to be as old as 20,000 years
Most famous prehistoric cave paintings
Tadrart Acacus, Libya – Paintings date from 12,000 BCE to 100 CE

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