[book cover]
The Cambridge Illustrated History of Prehistoric Art, Paul Bahn
1998, Cambridge University Press, cloth, dj
302 pages, 114 color and 117 b/w photos, 67 figures, 1 map, 8-1/4" x 10-1/4"

Skillfully combining insight, humour and analysis with superb illustration, Paul Bahn discusses the nature of prehistoric art, its astonishing quality, how it was made, and why. And in so doing, he also sheds light on the lives of our far-distant ancestors, whose concerns were apparently not so different from ours: sex, sustenance, mortality, religion, society and survival. Fascinating and entertaining, this is as much a glimpse of what makes us human as it is the story of prehistoric art.

Paul Bahn has traveled extensively, photographing rock art in some of the most remote parts of the world. This, combined with rarely seen reproductions of the very earliest drawings by explorers and surveyors from the 1600s onwards, creates a visually powerful and unique history of our distant past.

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