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Cave Painting in Lascaux
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Cave Painting in Lascaux

One of the several Palaeolithic cave paintings found at Lascaux, a network of caves in southwestern France.
Kermario Dolmen, Carnac
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Kermario Dolmen, Carnac

The Kermario Dolmen at Carnac, north-west France. The granite structure was created as a burial chamber and would have originally been completely covered by an earth mound. The megaliths of Carnac were built between 5,000 and 3,000 BCE.
Oldowan Tools
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Oldowan Tools

The appearance of simple stone tools, widely known as Oldowan tools or the Oldowan industry, marked the beginning of our technological revolution. To our knowledge, these artifacts appeared around 2.6 million years ago in the savannahs of...
Table-des-Marchands Tumulus, Locmariaquer
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Table-des-Marchands Tumulus, Locmariaquer

The stone burial mound known as the Table-des-Marchands (Table of Merchants) at the Neolithic site of Locmariaquer in north-west France. The tomb was constructed in the 5th millennium BCE and is so called because of the large flat stone which...
Menhir Alignments, Carnac
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Menhir Alignments, Carnac

A section of the Carnac Alignments in north-west France. These granite stone menhirs were placed in long parallel lines sometime between 5,000 and 3,000 BCE. Their purpose was most likely as markers of processional ways and sacred places...
Carnac Alignments, France
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Carnac Alignments, France

A section of the Carnac Alignments in north-west France. These granite stone menhirs were placed in long parallel lines sometime between 5,000 and 3,000 BCE. Their purpose was most likely as markers of processional ways and sacred places...
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Ice Age art: the female gaze

Sculptures of the female form are a feature of the exhibition Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind. Here, exhibition curator Jill Cook and artist Ghislaine Howard explore these representations of women in Ice Age and contemporary art.
Aztec Sun Stone
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Aztec Sun Stone

The Aztec Sun Stone (also known as the Calendar Stone) is a representation of the five eras of the sun from Aztec mythology. The stone was part of the architectural complex of the Temple Mayor of Tenochtitl√°n and dates to c. 1427 CE. The...
Stone of Scone Replica
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Stone of Scone Replica

A replica of the Stone of Scone (aka Stone of Destiny) at Scone, Perthshire, Scotland. The stone was used in the coronation ceremonies of Scottish medieval kings before its transferral to Westminster Abbey in 1297 CE. The original stone...
Tonatiuh, Calendar Stone
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Tonatiuh, Calendar Stone

The Aztec Sun Stone (also known as the Calendar Stone) is a representation of the five eras of the sun from Aztec mythology. Some scholars consider the central face to be that of Tonatiuh, the sun god, while others maintain it is the night...
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