Rock Carvings and Cave Paintings

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Throughout the world, many kinds of symbols have been found etched onto the faces of mountains and cliffs, as well as marked inside caves. Although such symbols are often difficult to interpret due to a lack of contextual information, they are, nonetheless, visually striking in many ways.

Symbols in this category:

Lascaux #2

France's Lascaux Caves are a rich repository of early artistic images. This symbol was found amidst depictions of animals, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Mont Bégo #1

A carving discovered on the face of Mont Bégo in southwestern France, in the Vallée des Merveilles ("Valley of Marvels"). No contextual information known at this time.

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Mont Bégo #3

A carving discovered on the face of Mont Bégo in southwestern France, in the Vallée des Merveilles ("Valley of Marvels"). No contextual information known at this time.

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Mont Bégo #2

A carving discovered on the face of Mont Bégo in southwestern France. It was found amidst a number of carvings from the Neolithic era, but it could easily have been carved at later date. No major contextual information is known at this time.

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Niaux

An image from the Cave of Niaux in southwestern France, probably created around ten thousand years ago by the local Cro-Magnon population.

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Painted Cave

A symbol from the Painted Cave area near Santa Barbara, California, likely created by the Native American Chumash people. No contextual information known at this time.

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Pedra do Ingá #1

A symbol carved on the famous Ingá Stone in northeastern Brazil.

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Pedra do Ingá #2

A symbol carved on the famous Ingá Stone in northeastern Brazil.

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Petit-Mont

A carving that dates from 3500-2500 B.C.E. Discovered at the site of Petit-Mont in Brittany, northwestern France. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Pierres-Plates

A carving that dates from 3500-2500 B.C.E. Discovered at the site of Pierres-Plates in Brittany, northwestern France. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Pontevedra #1

A carving discovered in Pontevedra, northwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Pontevedra #2

A carving discovered in Pontevedra, northwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Pontevedra #3

A carving discovered in Pontevedra, northwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Rio Majes

A carving from the valley of Rio Majes in southern Peru (roughly 300 B.C.E.). Possibly indicates a house, but no contextual information known at this time.

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Rio Majes #2

A carving from the valley of Rio Majes in southern Peru (roughly 300 C.E.). Possibly indicates lightning, but no contextual information known at this time.

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