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"The way we live today, settled in homes, close to other people in towns and cities, protected by laws, eating food grown on farms, and with leisure time to learn, explore and invent is all a result of the Neolithic revolution." Read more at: http://smarthistory.org/the-neolithic-revolution/

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Venus of Willendorf (article)

Venus of Willendorf

Venus of Willendorf, c. 24,000-22,000 B.C.E., limestone, 11.1 cm high (Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna)

Apollo 11 Cave Stones, Namibia, quartzite, c. Image courtesy of State Museum of Namibia.

Apollo 11 Cave Stones

Apollo 11 Cave Stones, Namibia, quartzite, c. 25,500–25,300 B.C.E. Image courtesy of State Museum of Namibia.

Mysteries surround the cave paintings at Lascaux, but it’s clear our use of images has a long history.

Hall of Bulls, Lascaux

Top row: Portion of left wall of the Hall of Bulls, Lascaux II (replica of the original cave, which is closed to the public). Original cave: c. 16,000-14,000 B.C.E., 11 feet 6 inches long Bottom row: Portion of disemboweled bison and bird-headed human figure? Cave at Lascaux, c. 16,000-14,000 B.C.E.

Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus (Libya)

Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus (Libya)

On the borders of Tassili N’Ajjer in Algeria, also a World Heritage site, this rocky massif has thousands of cave paintings in very different styles, dating from 12,000 B.C. to A.D. 100. They reflect marked changes in the fauna and flora, and also the different ways of life of the populations that succeeded one another …

Left Image: Running Horned Woman, B., pigment on rock, Tassili n’Ajjer, Algeria Right Image: Visible in this reproduction of the original rock painting are two groupings in red ochre of small human figures superimposed onto the horned goddess.

Running Horned Woman, Tassili n’Ajjer, Algeria

Left Image: Running Horned Woman, 6,000-4,000 B.C.E., pigment on rock, Tassili n’Ajjer, Algeria Right Image: Visible in this reproduction of the original rock painting are two groupings in red ochre of small human figures superimposed onto the horned goddess.

Jade Cong, c. 2500 B., Liangzhu culture, Neolithic period, China (British Museum) A conversation between Dr. Beth Harris and Dr.

Jade Cong

Jade Cong, c. 2500 B.C.E., Liangzhu culture, Neolithic period, China (The British Museum). Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris Ancient China includes the Neolithic period (10,000 -2,000 B.C.E.), the Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 B.C.E.) and the Zhou dynasty (1050-221 B.C.E.). Each age was distinct, but common to each period were grand burials for …

Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Anthropomorphic stele

Anthropomorphic stele, El-Maakir-Qaryat al-kaafa near Ha’il, Saudi Arabia, 4th millennium B.C.E. (4000-3000 B.C.E.), sandstone, 92 x 21 cm (National Museum, Riyadh) (Image: artnews.com)

The city of Çatalhöyük points to one of man's most important transformations, from nomad to settled farmer. Interior Design History, Edgar Cayce, Dreams And Visions, Ancient Near East, Team Photos, Ancient Civilizations, Crete, Anthropology, Prehistoric

Çatalhöyük

Top row: Çatalhöyük after the first excavations by James Mellaart and his team (photo: Omar hoftun, CC: BY-SA 3.0) Bottom row: Bull bucrania, corner installation in Building 77, Çatalhöyük (photo: Çatalhöyük, CC: BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Bushel with ibex motifs Vessels, B., Susa I period, necropoli.

Bushel with ibex motifs

Bushel with ibex motifs, 4200-3500 B.C.E., painted terra-cotta, 28.90 x 16.40 cm, necropolis, Susa I period, from the acropolis mound, Susa, Iran, (Musée du Louvre, Paris)

Neolithic - The people living in the fourth millennium BC who began work on Stonehenge were contemporary with the first dynasties of Ancient Egypt, and their efforts predate the building of the Pyramids. Art History Timeline, Salisbury Plain, Nazca Lines, Ap Art, Giza, Stonehenge, Prehistory, Ancient Egypt, Asia University
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Stonehenge

Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England, c. 2550-1600 B.C.E., circle 97 feet in diameter, trilithons: 24 feet high (photo: Maedin Tureaud)