WHAT IS PREHISTORIC ART
Prehistoric art is art (including artefacts) that were created before the ‘invention of formal writing’ / written record. It can be seen around the globe including Africa (Apollo 11 and Wonderwerk Caves), Europe (Lascaux, Chauvet and Altamira), Russia and Asia, with rock art in Australia being the longest continually practised artistic tradition in the world. (Tedesco, 2007)
It covers the: –
- Palaeolithic period (Lower, Middle, Upper) (c. 2,500,000 – 8,000 BCE)
- Mesolithic Era (from 10,000 BCE)
- Neolithic period (from 8,000 – 4,000 to 2,000 BCE) (Visual Arts – Cork)
 Just as a side note, the Egyptians who could be included within the Neolithic Period first started using hieroglyphs in 3,100 BCE so what do you think are they in or are they out? Some refer to this as ancient art rather than prehistoric art.
Fingers, animal bones and bird feathers were used along with clays such as red and yellow ochres, minerals such as hematite, manganese oxide and charcoal.
Famous examples of prehistoric art, include (Duncan, 2018): –