Perusing the latest stuff from the journal Nature, I found this lovely video of a new exhibit at the British Museum featuring some of the oldest artwork known—including pieces made 40,000 years ago. That’s not too long after the “out of Africa” event that spread modern Homo sapiens through the world! Take a look at the “lion man” in the first clip
Here are the movie notes. If you’re in England, go see this, though it costs ten pounds to enter (note, though, that the rest of the British Museum is free).
A new exhibition at the British Museum in London features sculptures made up to 40,000 years ago. Dr. Alice Roberts meets curator Jill Cook to discuss three artefacts in the collection; the Lion Man, a group of female figurines from Siberia, and the oldest known musical instrument. Despite being made thousands of years ago, the objects show that the minds of their creators – our ancestors – were incredibly similar to our own.
When the flute shown in the video was first discovered the finding was published in Nature: New flutes document the earliest musical tradition in southwestern Germany.
‘Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind’ runs at the British Museum until 26 May 2013. http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on…
Here are some pieces from the BM’s website on the exhibit; they (and the video above) show that there were already accomplished artists tens of thousands of years ago.