Evidence for cave marking by Palaeolithic children

Kevin Sharpe, Leslie Van Gelder
2006 Antiquity  
Amongst the numerous images found on the walls of Palaeolithic caves, fluted lines, made by fingers dragged through a skin of wet clay remain some of the most intriguing. In their study of images at Rouffignac, the authors undertook experiments with a range of modern subjects who replicated the flutings with their hands. Comparing the dimensions of the experimental flutings with the originals, they conclude that the patterns on the roof of Chamber A1 at Rouffignac were made by the fingers of
more » ... y the fingers of children aged between 2 and 5 years old. Given the current height of the chamber, such children would have needed to be hoisted aloft by adults. Who knows what lessons in art or ritual were thereby imparted to the young persons...
doi:10.1017/s0003598x00094527 fatcat:fjo37nipmzcojjqlb4rtxwfqwm