These UNESCO World Heritage Caves Hold the Key to Life in the Ice Age; Jennifer McKee; WhereTraveler


Germany – Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura

Turns out Ice Age people liked cat figurines too.

Cave lions were among the carved figures found inside six caves in Southern Germany’s Swabian Jura region, the country’s newest World Heritage Site.

The caves’ Aurignacian layers date from 43,000 to 33,000 years ago, putting them in the Ice Age-era. The art objects further confirm what archeologists have been documenting since the 1860s: that the humans who took up residence in the Swabian Jura are the first modern humans to settle in Europe.

The figures depict species of animals who lived in the Ice Age: mammoths, birds, horses, fish, bovids (cattle) and the aforementioned cave lions. Figures that depict half-animal-half-human creatures and a statuette of a woman were also found, as were musical instruments and items of personal adornment.

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