CAVES AND ICE AGE ART IN THE SWABIAN JURA, GERMANY : When modern humans first arrived in Europe around 43,000 years ago during the ice age, Swabian Jura in southern Germany was one of the areas they had put up in.Excavated from the 1860s, the caves, six in number, reveal items dating from 43,000 to 33,000 years ago. Carved figurines of animals (including cave lions, mammoths, horses and cattle), musical instruments and items of personal adornment are some of the examples. Other figurines depict creatures that are half animal, half human and there is one statuette of a female form. These archaeological sites, featuring some of the oldest figurative art in the world, shed light on the origins of human artistic development.
(Source: S. M. Heidenreich/UNESCO)