A female figurine from the basal Aurignacian of Hohle Fels Cave in southwestern Germany

@article{Conard2009AFF,
  title={A female figurine from the basal Aurignacian of Hohle Fels Cave in southwestern Germany},
  author={Nicholas J. Conard},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2009},
  volume={459},
  pages={248-252}
}
Despite well over 100 years of research and debate, the origins of art remain contentious. In recent years, abstract depictions have been documented at southern African sites dating to ∼75 kyr before present (bp), and the earliest figurative art, which is often seen as an important proxy for advanced symbolic communication, has been documented in Europe as dating to between 30 and 40 kyr bp. Here I report the discovery of a female mammoth-ivory figurine in the basal Aurignacian deposit at Hohle… CONTINUE READING
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