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Aurignacian dots of Chauvet
Tuesday 21 May 2019
Panel of large red dots Brunel Chamber Chauvet cave paintings France Aurignacian
Panel of large red dots

This composition of large red dots occupies a side chamber in the first part of Chauvet cave. Because it takes up most of the flat rock surface, it suggests that it was planned composition. On closer inspection researchers realised that the dots were made by covering the palm of the right hand with red paint and applied directly to the rock - as opposed to hand stencils - to create what may be a representation of a mammoth.

The fact that the palm prints have been made by one individual - probably a tall man - supports the possibility of a planned rather than random composition.

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This and many more examples of intriguing rock art are explained by Jean Clottes, renowned expert on prehistoric art, in his publication 'Cave Art.' He explores the origins of rock art and creativity, taking the reader on a guided tour of 85 rock art caves and rock painting shelters, revealing the extraordinary beauty of the cave paintings and Palaeolithic Cave Art.

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