Rock art is a term in archaeology for
man-made markings made on stone.
They can be divided
a. Rock Carvings, petroglyphs - carvings into
b. Pictographs - rock and cave
Rock Carvings are created by rock
removal, including pecking, scratching, abrading, carving,
drilling and sculpting.
Sometimes rock carvings
(petroglyphs) are painted or heighten by polishing.
the most ancient rock carvings (petroglyphs) are the same
colour as the surrounding rock.
The rock carvings in Tanum,
Vitlycke and Fossum, have been painted red to make them more
visible for tourists.
Rock or Cave paintings are
paintings on cave or rock walls and ceilings, dating to
The earliest known rock paintings are
dated to the Paleolithic, about 40,000 years ago. The earliest
European cave paintings are dated to about 32,000 years ago.
They are often in areas of caves that aren't easily
Creswell Crags is a
limestone gorge in the North East of the County of Derbyshire
The cliffs of the ravine contain several caves
that were occupied during the last ice age, around 43,000 and
10,000 years ago.
In April 2003, engravings and
bas-reliefs were found on the ceilings and walls of some of
the caves; it had previously been thought that no British cave
The finds at Creswell Crags represent the
only known examples of Palaeolithic cave art in Britain,
the most northerly finds in Europe and one of the most
extensive collection of prehistoric bas-reliefs in the world.
Their subject matter includes representations of animals,
bison and different bird species.
Creswell Crags, Wikipedia