Hannah Essick & Will Benton
dates: 40,000 - 3,000 B.C.E.
Scholars are still unsure of the purpose of prehistoric art but many theorize that the drawings of animals were associated with hunting and survival.
Prehistoric art mainly involved paintings on cave walls but some pottery and small sculptures have also been documented.
Paintings were created by applying mixtures of dirt, charcoal, saliva, and animal fat to cave walls using feathers, hands, animal hair brushes, and twigs.
Discovered in the late 19th century and found in the Altamira Cave in northern Spain.
Found in the Lascaux caves found in southwestern France. The caves are nicknamed "the prehistoric Sistine Chapel".
Discovered in Cueva de las Manos in Santa Cruz, Argentina.