Friday 5 September 2014

Latest rock art finding confirms abstraction link of modern, prehistory creativity

Gorham's Cave, where the 'art' was discovered Photo by Wikimedia Commons / Gibmetal77

Few days ago, a team of archaeologists found the first known examples of Neanderthal rock art inside Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar, southwestern tip of Europe.
The newest archaeological finding, according to the scientists, is crucial as it indicates that ancient and modern share creative link with their extinct humans, particularly in abstract expression.

The ancient art of a series of lines scratched into rock in a cave, according to the finding, could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than earlier speculated. 

.Released by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the latest rock art finding examines grooves in a rock that had been covered with sediment. Archaeologists had previously found artifacts associated with Neanderthal culture in the overlying layer, suggesting that the engravings must be older, said Clive Finlayson, one of the study's authors.

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