The Caves of Lascaux (30,000 BC)
One of the first recorded forms of art are images in the Caves of Lascaux in southern France. Recently dated to be about 30,000 years old, these paintings and drawings depict animals, hunting, and war. The images are “read” from left to right, and are thought to be used to for ritual purposes. The techniques, pigments, tools, and lighting are studied by scientists as important developments in the history of technology.