One expression of art we wouldn’t expect to be as old as 14,000 years are cartoons. Yet in the cave of La Marche ( Lussac-les-Châteaux,Vienne, see map), hunters and gatherers engraved drawings of people that look very modern to us. Some of them look as if we could meet them on the street today. Other forms of cave art may look very modern to us, but this form might be the one that is closest to contemporary people. Who has never drawn a cartoon e.g. of a teacher? It is clear that the same surprise or astonishment that struck people 14,000 years ago is still capable of moving us today. These cartoons are as far as we know the oldest ever made.
Dr. Marc Vermeersch email@example.com
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