Art from the Ice Age
The cradle of human culture - found in caves in the Swabian Alb! With an age of around 40,000 years works of art such as the Lion Man, the little Mammoth or the Venus from the Hohle Fels are the oldest works of art in the world. Masterfully carved from mammoth tusk, the figures are spectacular objects in an ensemble of Paleolithic ivory figures and instruments from caves in the Swabian Alb. These caves were featured as UNESCO World Heritage in July of 2017. Discover the history of the World Heritage caves and marvel at the fascinating works of art.
World Heritage Caves
More than 40,000 years ago, anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens) spread across Europe, settling in the Swabian Alb as well. They left behind material culture from this time, especially stone artifacts, utensils and tools made of bone and ivory. These caves in the Swabian Alb play a special role in this, as jewelry and art objects and musical instruments were discovered here during excavations - the world's oldest evidence of mobile figurative art. By recognizing the caves as a World Heritage Site, UNESCO is paying tribute not only to the outstanding universal significance of the finds for mankind, but also to the decades of painstaking work by all the archaeologists and geologists involved in the research and excavation.
You can marvel in the treasure chambers of the museums: About the creativity of the Ice Age artists. The largest and most spectacular figure is certainly the Lion Man, but finds such as the "Venus vom Hohle Fels", elaborate animal sculptures such as the mammoth and wild horse also impress with their detailed and fine workmanship. And in all these museums, in addition to the fascinating works of art, you will discover many more traces from the lives of our Stone Age ancestors.
The Creation of the Works of Art
Here you can experience the life of glacial man very close and come along with them as they whittle their works of art. Let yourself be inspired and immerse yourself in the realm of the Ice Age artists.
The videos are in German, but there are English subtitles and they last approx. 1:30 minutes each.