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Ice Age Art

Last week I went down to Old London Town for two reasons. One was to go to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. After sailing the ocean waves (well, after a boat ride on the Thames) I climbed the steep hill to the Observatory (not a good idea when you’ve got an annoying cough) and had a look around. If you go to Greenwich then I suggest visiting the National Maritime Museum while you are there. The Cutty Sark is open again too.

After that I went to the British Museum to see their Ice Age Art Exhibition.

If you watch the Werner Herzog film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, then you will have a good introduction to early human art. This exhibition is more to do with actual objects than paintings, which are shown in a light show projected on the wall about half-way round. In this exhibition you can see carvings in stone and bone along with figures carved from tusks and antlers. These show the mentality of humans all over the world 40,000 years ago – the animals they lived with, religion and how they viewed each other.

Anyway, I’m not going to ruin any more of it. If you want to find out what’s there then get down and see: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/ice_age_art.aspx

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