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77,000 years ago
 
   
In the Blombos cave in South Africa stones are engraved with patterns of lines, either decorative or practical (as a form of tally)      
Engraved red ochre stone, from the Blombos cave


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c. 31,000 years ago
 
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Rhinoceroses, lions and mammoth feature on the walls of the Chauvet cave, in southern France     
Rhinoceros in the Chauvet cave

c. 30,000 years ago
 
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Painted and engraved images, on the rock face in a cave near Twyfelfontein in Namibia, date from this period      
c. 29,000 years ago
 
   
In the Cosquer cave near Marseilles, with its entrance now far below sea level, a hand print is made      
Hand print from the submerged Cosquer Cave


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c. 16,000 years ago
 
   
The walls of the complex of caves at Lascaux in France are covered, over the years, with a vast number of paintings of animals      
c. 15,000 years ago
 
   
The walls of Altamira, an extensive cave in Spain, are decorated with paintings and engraved images of horses, deer and above all bison      
One of many bison in the Altamira Cave


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c. 3100 BC
 
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The Egyptians paint murals on the walls of tombs, designed to help the occupants in the next world     
Fragment of painted wall relief, c.1850 BC
British Museum

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c. 1600 BC
 
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A bull-fighting fresco in the palace of Knossos is linked with the island's cult of the bull      
c. 1550 BC
 
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Egyptian tombs include paintings of a kind to help the occupants in the next world, whether in the Book of the Dead or on the walls      
Harvesting in a Book of the Dead c.1325 BC
British Museum

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c. 1525 BC
 
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The eruption of a volcano, on the island of Thera, entombs and preserves houses with frescoes in the Minoan city of Akrotiri       
   


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