Upper Paleolithic Culture

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Humans of the Upper Paleolithic era brought about numerous cultural innovations. In this time period we see the first art in the form of paintings in caves (Cyraboski). With the spark of creativity, the roaring fire of the first artistic cultural revolution was born. A wealth of new materials started making their way into the archeological record. For example, clay, used for pots and figurines, and bones, which were carved into beads and necklaces for personal adornment. The greatest culmination of this newly born culture is shown in the burial rites of their dead. This is a brand new cultural trait born in this era.

But how and why did all of these new innovations come about?

Why do humans create art, what purpose does it serve?
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Originally the practical side of these materials were harnessed, like obsidian tools for cutting and pottery for cooking; eventually these materials were used for artistic purposes as well. Bones from hunted animals have been found with rudimentary carvings. A woolly mammoth bone found in the Pin Hole cave site in Derbyshire, England was found with a man scratched onto it. (Pin Hole) Clay also starts to be seen in the archeological record. Clay figurines starting to be carved and pots started to be fired in bon fires. The oldest shards of pottery that have been found are from the Xianrendong caves in Jiangxi, China.…show more content…
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