The Dawn of Art: Ice Age Cave Art
October 5 @ 4:00 pm - November 4 @ 4:00 pm£30.00
This course of ten lectures by Prof Maria Chester was originally a classroom based course held in 2019, with some recent revisions. It will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 pm, starting Oct 5th. This listing is for the full series of ten lectures and costs £30; you can book individual lectures for £4 each by clicking here.
Palaeolithic refers to the “old stone age” from the Greek Paleo, old and lithos, stone. Palaeolithic art begins around 40,000 years ago. With new technologies, research methods and archaeological discoveries, we are able to study Palaeolithic Art in a greater focus than ever before. Palaeolithic Art can be found all around the world. These same technologies are pushing back the dates placing these fabulous images drawn in the most remote areas of caves by thousands of years earlier than we could have imagined. It is a remarkable time for our human kind: these creations were done in very frigid weather, when ice was covering most of the continents and hunting was difficult. Together we will virtually visit some of these caves, spread out around the planet…we shall visit the dawn of art, cave art made in the Upper Palaeolithic that went from around 50,000 years BP to 12,000 BP (before present)Except in Antarctica, we find rock art in every continent. We will visit caves in all of them, with an accent on those that have been studied in depth: Altamira in Spain and Chauvet in France.This course has ten hours of 50 minutes lectures + 10 minutes Q&A
TUESDAY Oct 5th – INTRODUCTION
THURSDAY Oct 7th – EUROPE -SPAIN
TUESDAY Oct 12th – EUROPE – ALTAMIRA-SPAIN
THURSDAY Oct 14th – EUROPE – FRANCE
TUESDAY Oct 19th- EUROPE – CHAUVET – FRANCE
THURSDAY Oct 21st – AUSTRALIA
TUESDAY Oct 26th – AFRICA
THURSDAY Oct 28th – NORTH AMERICA
TUESDAY Nov 2nd – SOUTH AMERICA
THURSDAY Nov 4th – ASIA & CONCLUSIONS
Lectures will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. Once you have booked, you will find the invitation in Eventbrite on the Online Event Page. We will also send out the invitation by email 24 hours before the meeting starts.