Cave Art by Paul Bahn
Cave Art by Paul Bahn* is, as the subtitle says: A Guide to the Decorated Ice Age Caves of Europe. I marked it as a travel guide because it offers a lot of details on where the caves are, when one can visit, prices, tours, and so on. Also, after reading this book I challenge anybody not to dream of a holiday in Spain or France visiting these amazing sites.
The book was surprising from the first page to the last and it’s so incredibly fascinating that I imagine most people would enjoy it. I had no idea that there are so many caves and their location gives us some clues on what the people were doing between 30,000 to 10,000 years ago. Most of these decorated caves are in nearby locations, although the locations are close to our modern day standards, but for our ancestors, these distances would have been much harder to cover. It’s tantalizing to think that they might have travelled so far or that others have made similar artwork, in pretty much the same period.
The details mentioned in the book are astonishing. There are caves with hundreds of piece of artwork. Other caves were painted at different times, thousands of years apart. Isn’t it amazing that these people, who lived 15,000 years ago cherished the paintings made by people who lived up to 15,000 years before them? That’s incredible. Also, the more recent history of the caves is fascinating too.
This guide covers more than 50 caves in England, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, as well as relevant museums and centres. So it is a must if you fancy visiting a cave or two in a holiday. I would suggest buying the book and reading it just to find out more about the caves, the artists who painted them, and the desire for cave visiting in our free time will surely come after that.
Cave Art by Paul Bahn
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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes!!!
Published by: Frances Lincoln
Year it was published: 2018
About the author: Dr. Paul G. Bahn is a British leading archaeological writer, translator, and broadcaster in the field of archaeology.
Other books by him: Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction; 100 Great Archaeological Discoveries; Lost Cities/50 Discoveries In World Archaeology; The Bluffer’s Guide to Archaeology: Bluff Your Way in Archaeology.
Website & Social Media Links: Quarto
*I was sent a copy of Cave Art by Paul Bahn for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.