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Cave painting

Cave or rock paintings are paintings painted on cave or rock walls and ceilings, usually dating to prehistoric times.

Rock paintings have been made since the Upper Paleolithic, 40,000 years ago.

They have been found in Europe, Africa, Australia and Southeast Asia.

It is widely believed that the paintings are the work of respected elders or shamans.

The most common themes in European cave paintings are large wild animals, such as bison, horses, aurochs, and deer, and tracings of human hands [which was said to be the signature of the artist who painted it] as well as abstract patterns.

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