EXHIBIT: Ancient Art Extravaganza

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Science  01 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5595, pp. 929
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5595.929a

They're the original old masters: early European artists who began adorning caves, stones, cliff faces, and other surfaces more than 30,000 years ago. The researchers behind the new Web site EuroPreArt plan to document the diversity of this work from the Stone Age through the Iron Age.

So far, the collection, sponsored by the European Community and other organizations, holds records (not always in English) for more than 800 works from seven countries, including art-rich France and Spain. Each record provides sketches or photos of the original creation, expert descriptions and interpretations, a bibliography, and the latest information on site conservation. The art runs the gamut from mysterious etchings and abstract figures to representational paintings of elk and horses. Above, a mix of real and abstract from Madsebakke, a Bronze Age site in Denmark.


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