Week 3 Assignment
Word count: 700
Read chapter 6.
For this week’s assignment, write a 1 to 1.5 page paper (single-spaced, 12 pt font, 1 inch margins) on the Upper Paleolithic cave art. Use a site such as Chauvet Cave as a specific example, but include comparisons to other sites such as Lascaux and Altmira. Select two of the main galleries (or wall panels) to discuss in detail:
1. What kinds of depictions were created and how were they made? How old are these?
2. Consider such attributes as spatial layouts, animal forms compared to other designs, color selection, or other characteristics of the illustrations. What do these suggest about the intellect or thought process of the humans that created them?
3. What functions have been identified for these paintings? That is, why were they painted and how were they used?
4. What impact did the discovery of very early cave art on Sulawesi (Indonesia) have on our understanding of Chauvet?