Thousands of fabulous prehistoric paintings are found in some caves from France, Bulgaria, Argentina, Brazil, India and other regions provide an insight into what prehistoric people thought and how creative they were in the ancient time.
Located in southern France and got its name after being discovered by Jean-Marie Chauvet in 1994 and team of speleologists, Chauvet Cave houses some of earliest known prehistoric cave paintings in the world.
These paintings that used advanced techniques including perspective capture images of many animals like lions, horses, ibex, bears, rhinos and mammoth.
Human beings occupied the cave in two distinct periods, the Aurignacian and the Gravettian so most of the artwork came from the Aurignacian era (30,000 to 32,000 years ago) and some belonged to the Gravettian era (25,000 to 27,000 years ago).
The Chauvet Cave was considered as one of the most significant pre-historic art sites in the world
The quality, quantity, and condition of the artwork found on its walls are very spectacular
A creative artwork is seen in the Chauvet Cave
Located in the northwest part of Bulgaria, the Magura Cave consists of more than 700 prehistoric cave paintings dating back about 8,000 to 4,000 years ago. These paintings were done with bat guano (bat excrement) and captured a large variety of animals as well as hunting and dancing people.
A prehistoric painting on one wall of the Magura Cave
Cueva de las Manos
The Cueva de las Manos, which was situated in an isolated area in the Patagonian landscape of southern Argentina, has many depictions of hunting scenes as well as guanacos, rheas and other animals. The paintings are believed to be created between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago.
Because most of the hands in the painting are left hands, it is suggested that painters held a spraying pipe with their right hand
Serra da Capivara
Situated in northeast Brazil, the Serra da Capivara National Park hosted numerous rock shelters decorated with cave paintings. The artwork included scenes of rituals and hunting, trees and animals capivaras. The oldest cave paintings of this park are thought to be created 25,000 years ago.
An image on one wall of the Serra da Capivara
The Bhimbetka in central India is home to over 600 rock shelters decorated with prehistoric cave paintings including images of some animals like bisons, tigers, lions, and crocodiles. The oldest paintings are considered to be 12,000 years old.
Drawn mainly in red and white, sometimes in green and yellow, these paintings reflected the lives and times of the people who lived in the caves