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This stone hand-axe was discovered in West Tofts (Norfolk, England). It is believed to be about 200,000 years old.

This stone hand-axe was discovered in West Tofts (Norfolk, England). It is believed to be about 200,000 years old.

The Earliest Art

Arguably the earliest example of art produced by humans is a necklace made of shell beads, dating to around 100,000 years ago. These beads were found in Israel (Vanhaeren et al., 2006) and are over twice the age of the more famous European cave art! Although this is the most ancient piece of human art, many examples of imagery and art have been found that predate the emergence of our species. Art, it would seem, is not uniquely human.

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18/09/2013 · 9:51 AM