The first sample of ancient art found

The first sample of ancient art found

In the year 1800, what was possibly the first ancient artwork. It is the antler of a reindeer, on which there are some recordings from 14,000 years ago and that it has been among the great collections of the Natural History Museum for quite some time without taking too much importance. Clues about how it was made and its scientific importance are now showing.

The antler story, found between 1830 and 1848 in Neschers (France), is being reconstructed by the scientists of the Museum of Natural History, and as there is no previous evidence on human art, it is considered the first sample temporarily located in the Stone Age.

On the surface of the piece part of the figure of a horse is engraved and although the people who made it were still hunters and gatherers, they developed a great technical and artistic facet. By means of a scanner and a 3D microscopic study, even more is known about how the engraving was made. The creator made a first mark on which he later insisted that it gain more depth, first drawing the head and neck of the horse, to later add other characteristics.

Discoveries like this have gone unnoticed over the years Because previously not much was known about the existence of other human beings that inhabited the earth thousands of years ago. But since the late 1800s, many other carved objects have been obtained, which together with the paintings made in the caves show us the skill that has been developing since ancient times.

The oldest objects seen so far are figurines of human and animal bones belonging to the Superior paleolithic found in Germany and dating from about 35-40,000 years ago.

The antler was acquired by the Museum of Natural History (former British Museum) in 1848 as part of a larger collection. In 1881 it moved to a new building in South Kensington, as a result of the Museum of Natural History became independent from the British.

A year later, despite being exhibited and mentioned in the gallery guide, it did not arouse much interest among scientists. That is why he moved and forgot in a warehouse until 1989, when Andy Currant put it in a safe place. But it was not until 2010 that a study on fossils was given due importance.

I was born in Madrid on August 27, 1988 and since then I started a work of which there is no example. Fascinated by both numbers and letters and a lover of the unknown, that is why I am a future graduate in Economics and Journalism, interested in understanding life and the forces that have shaped it. Everything is easier, more useful and more exciting if, with a look at our past, we can improve our future and for that… History.


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