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A petroglyph of a headless "shield man" represents a mysterious link to the Anasazi people who left it behind in the Galesteo River Basin near the village of Galesteo, New Mexico  Photo by Charles Mann

A petroglyph of a headless "shield man" represents a mysterious link to the ANASAZI people who left it behind in the Galesteo River Basin near the village of Galesteo, New Mexico Photo by Charles Mann

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Chauvet France Cave Paintings Gallery Discovered on December it is considered one of the most significant prehistoric art sites. A study published in 2012 supports placing the art in the Aurignacian period, approximately years ago.

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These early carvings pre date Germanic expansion into Scandinavia, and demonstrate that Sámi people were master's of the sea.

Uwaynat, Egypt, The Cave of the Swimmers featured in the wonderful The English Patient, 10.000 years old

Uwaynat in southwestern Egypt is the location of the ‘Cave of the Swimmers’, the famous cave paintings discovered by Laszlo Almasy in the mi.

Sweden, Island of Gotland, Visby. Detail from Viking carved rune stones in the Historical Museum of Gotland

Sweden, Island of Gotland, Visby ~ Detail from Viking carved rune stones in the Historical Museum of Gotland

The Cave of the Swimmers, Egypt. Here's how the photographer Sam Bowker describes the paintings: "The scale of these figures was generally about that of a human hand. The whole experience of being in front of them tells you about the proportions of the artist – they would have sat on the same rock we sat on, they would have been about so tall, they chose this surface instead of that one because it was easier to reach, etc... As I said, a handspan was roughly the average size."

Three Swimmers from the Foggini-Mestakawi Rock Art Site. "These have been famously called 'The Swimmers (?),' heralding a time when lakes scattered the landscape that is now the Saharan desert.

Meteor Shaman, San Rafael Swell, SE Utah; photo by John Mumaw

photo by John Mumaw.[Pictograph depicts a shaman holding a snake as spirit images fly about.

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