European Day of Rock Art

2:00pm - 5:00pm / Wednesday 9th October 2019 / Venue: Cave Room, Central Teaching Hub, University of Liverpool, L69 7BX Central Teaching Hub
Type: Other / Category: Department
  • Admission: Free.
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"On October 9, 1902, the great prehistorian Émile Cartailhac wrote a letter to Maria, the girl who had discovered the paintings of the Cave of Altamira with her father, Marcelino Sanzide Sautuola, in 1878.

In his writing, the French scholar recognised the mistake of the international scientific community and accepted the authenticiy of Altamira and the existence of a great art of the Prehistory.

On October 9 1902, the world discovered the existence of the first art of humankind: rock art..."

Taking place in our unique cave room as part of the European Heritage Day, this event commemorates the day on which the existence of ancient art form the Palaeolithic (cave art) was officially recognised in 1902. Explore cave art through talks and displays, and discover examples of mobiliary art made at the same time as the cave paintings.