Cave Paintings That Recorded the Night Sky

  • Jonathan Powell
Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)


One of the most striking and imaginative insights into the life and times of ancient civilizations comes in the form of artwork, sketches, and paintings left on the walls of caves and other dwellings. For here, sometimes in a very uncomplicated format, or in other cases quite elaborate, many events were recorded in graphic form. Whereas the written word would in many cases not be challenged in terms of meaning or the offer of multiple interpretations, some cave paintings have caused much debate as to what the artists were trying to convey through their medium.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Powell
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  1. 1.Ebbw ValeUK

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