14000 years old bisons sculpture found in Le Tuc d'Audoubert cave. Ariege, France.


The cave of Tuc Audoubert was discovered by the three sons of Count Henri three Bégouën on 20 July and 10 October 1912.

Modeled out of clay from the walls of the cave, the bisons stand next to each, propped up against a small boulder in the darkness. Although they stand at a diminutive 18 inches tall by 24 inches long, their craftsmanship and durability is remarkable. Until they were discovered in the early 20th century, the bison stood alone in the damp French cave for thousands of years.

 The marks of the artist's hand and the tools used to draw the details of the face and mane are still clearly visible. Objects such as these clearly show that man was using clay for artistic expression long before the actual firing of clay was discovered. The walls of these caves also are covered with drawings of bison and other game animals, marked in carbon from the fires, as well as the earth minerals such as iron oxide and manganese, showing that these ceramic coloring materials that we still use today were known to our earliest ancestors.

The bisons' shaggy mane and beard appear to be carved with a tool, but the jaws are traced by the sculptor's fingernail. The impression given is one of immense naturalistic beauty. The female bison is ready to mate, while the Bull is sniffing the air. Both animals are supported by a central rock, and are unbelievably well preserved (proving perhaps that there was never a passage connecting the Tuc d'Audoubert cave with the Trois Freres), although they have suffered some drying out, which has caused some cracks to appear across their bodies. Also in the chamber are two other bison figures, both engraved on the ground. Prehistorians have theorized that the a small group of people (including a child) remained in the Tuc d'Audoubert cave with the sole reason of participating in certain ceremonies associated with the cave art. The remote location of the clay bison - beneath a low ceiling at the very end of the upper gallery, roughly 650 metres from the entrance, is consistent with their involvement in some type of ritualistic or shamanistic process.



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14 comments:

  1. Extremely interesting and informative. You should, though, have a native speaker correct the English...

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    1. Looks like damn good English to me. Please point out the errors.

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    2. I think just the "bisons" in the title and thw capital B in bull. Otherwise, it's better than what I see from most native speakers.

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    3. There are many grammatical errors, but it's still better than many native writers.
      The headline should read: 14,000 Year Old Bison Sculptures...
      1st paragraph: "the bisons stand next to each," should be: "the bison stand next to each other,"
      2nd paragraph: "as well as the earth minerals such as iron oxide and manganese," should be: "as well as earth minerals such as iron oxide and manganese," OR "as well as the earth minerals iron oxide and manganese,"
      3rd paragraph: "The bisons' shaggy mane" should be "The Bison's shaggy manes". Also, a 4th paragraph should have been created with the line "Prehistorians have theorized". Additionally, "cave with the sole reason of participating..." should be "cave for the sole purpose of participating..."

      Nonetheless, the article was interesting, informative, and educational. The concepts were conveyed well, and the 'voice' of the author was intelligent and easy to follow. The sentence structures were advanced and very well punctuated.

      The errors are likely only distracting to those of us who actually pay attention to grammar. I inform to be helpful, truly not to be critical. I cannot write this well in another language, so I commend the author and respect their accomplishment.

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  2. Objects made of clay and writings carved in stone thousands of years ago still exist but the records we are creating today electronically and on paper won't last a few hundred years let alone thousands of years.

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  3. Grammar Dictators above haha. Awesome article, keep up the good work! Your english is better than most high school students these days.

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  4. The corrections by Anonymous were helpful and appreciated.

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  5. Wow that is amazing ! It's also amazing that someone would take the time to correct someone's grammar like that. I was more interested in the article than their grammar. But whatever make you happy I guess.

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  6. I thought a bison wuz somefink muvver did the dish washing in.

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  7. Keith, your use of apostrophes is incorrect. Bisons’ is the correct plural. Your other remarks are completely superfluous and intolerant, plus as the above person remarked, pedantic. This is a beautiful well written and documented artivle,

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  8. The plural form of Bison is Bison, the possessive is Bison's, Bisons' is not a word.

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