Why did Cro-Magnon
the walls and ceilings of hidden caves with paintings by many different
people? Was it bragging; was it to appease the gods? Was it to aid in hunting or
teaching? We just don't
How did they find these caves? They
painted in the same caves, so they must have known where they were.
The land around these caves was hard to reach. Yet, Cro-Magnon painters
sought out these caves. The
entrances to the stone caves were narrow, cramped, and tight. The
painters had to crawl or squirm through them to get to the large
natural chambers in the cave where they painted their pictures. The painters had to bring their light (a torch or spoon
lamp) and their paints, while crawling. But nothing seemed to
stop them. It must have been very important to these early people to
add their art to the art already in the cave.
The painting done by early man was not
done in charcoal, but in naturally occurring pigments such as red (iron
oxide) or black (manganese). The animals were drawn with attention
to detail, but the people were usually stick figures. Many of
these early man artists also drew outlines of their hands. Was
this a way of signing their art? To see some
of this early man cave art, click here!
Interestingly enough, these caves and
their paintings were not found by archeologists. The first caves
with cave paintings were found in France. Some children, playing in
the woods, discovered the entrance to a cave, long forgotten. The
entrance was hidden by a tree. Once the first cave had been found, and its importance
realized, people started looking for more caves and found them.
It is very likely that more caves with more cave paintings are still waiting to