1 Magura Cave
Magura Cave is located in the north west of Bulgaria and the paintings date back 8000-4000 years ago.
An excess of 700 paintings have been discovered in the large cave which depict people dancing and hunting as well as a wide range of animals. It has been discovered that the paintings were painted with bat excrement.
2 Cueva de las Manos
Cueva de las Manos resides in Patagonia in the southern part of Argentina and it is thought that the paintings were created between13,000 and 9,000 years ago.
The cave’s name literally means ‘Cave of hands’ and was presented that name because of the paintings that are within. The paintings depict the stencils of human hands, many of which are left hands, which suggests that the painters held spraying pipes in their right hands.
Bhimbetka is a cave located in central India, that boasts over 600 paintings, with the oldest dating back at least 12,000 years.
The paintings were constructed out in red and white with the occasional use of green and yellow. The paintings depict the lives of the people who resided in the caves, as well as an array of animals including tigers, lions and crocodiles.
4 Serra da Capivara
Serra da Capivara is a national park in Brazil that contains many rock shelters containing paintings that date back 25,000 years.
The paintings depict scenes of rituals, hunting and animals. The current accepted date of the paintings is currently disputed by geneticists, as there is a conflict with the accepted date of human settlement in the area.
5 Laas Gaal
Laas Gaal is a large complex of caves located in Somalia and is thought to contain some of the earliest examples of cave art in the Horn of Africa.
The paintings are very well preserved and show images of cows in ceremonial robes, humans, domesticated dogs and giraffes.
6 Tadrart Acacus
Tadrart Acacus mountain range, located in the Sahara Desert, is renowned for its rock art that dates as far back 12,000 BC.
The paintings are particularly interesting because they demonstrate that the area used to have a much wetter climate, due to the paintings of lakes and forests.
7 Chauvet Cave
The Chauvet Cave is located in the south of France and contains the earliest prehistoric cave paintings known to man, dating as far back as 32,000 years.
The cave is named after Jean-Marie Chauvet who discovered the cave in 1994. The site is considered one of the most significant prehistoric art sites and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014.
8 Kakadu Rock Paintings
The Kakadu Rock Paintings reside in the north of Australia are some of the paintings are estimated to date back as far as 20,000 years.
The Kakudu National Park contains a vast amount of Aboriginal rock paintings; over 5000 art sites have been discovered there. The Aboriginals not only painted the exterior of their subjects, but also the skeletons of some animals.
9 Altamira Cave
Altamira Cave resides in the northern part of Spain and was the very first prehistoric paintings to be discovered.
The paintings were discovered in the late 19th century and they were of such a high quality and well-preserved that their authenticity was questioned, but it has since been proven that the paintings are in fact genuine.
10 Lascaux Paintings
Located in south France the paintings in the Lascaux caves are estimated to be 17,000 years old.
The caves are nicknamed the “the Prehistoric Sistine Chapel” and contain some of the most famous cave paintings in the world. The most famous of them all is The Great Hall of the Bulls, depicting bulls, horses and deer. Unfortunately the caves are now closed to the public however, there is a site where visitors can see a copy of the cave.
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