Content Area 1: Global Prehistory

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  Global Prehistory  


Paleolithic Art:          30,000-8,000 BCE in the Near East
"Old Stone Age"         30,000-4,000 BCE in Europe
(Venus of Willendorf, Lascaux Caves)
  Hunter-Gatherers, Nomadic

Neolithic Art:           8,000- 3,000 BCE in the Near East
"New Stone Age"     4,000- 2,000 BCE in Europe
  Agriculture, raised livestock, organized settlements



  - Earliest works are cave paintings and portable sculptures
- Conjectures are made about the meaning of prehistoric works
- No one single function and the purpose can only be guessed 
- Monuments like Stonehenge show that people were able to build structures made of the post and lintel system.
- The need to create is one of the strongest human impulses.
- Focus on materials indigenous to the environment/geography
- Since context is largely unknown, focus on original location and content


Helpful Resources from  




 Mrs. McConnell's lectures on Global Prehistory, Parts 1-3 





  * Elements of Art & Principles of Design on the APAH Introduction page. (including Formal Analysis - CCFF).
* Need to know dates & Key ideas
* Visit Khan Academy's SmartHistory AP Art History section on Global Prehistory
* Characteristics of artworks/architecture
* Artwork List (in Google Drive PowerPoints)
* Q Cards & Snapshot Sheets with Images
* Vocabulary
* YouTube: Stonehenge 
* Visit the Bradshaw Foundation's website for more in-depth information on the Lascaux Caves.
* Smithsonian Article: "Showing Their Age: Dating Fossils and Artifacts that Mark the Great Human Migration"
* Stonehenge timeline (with pictures) of phases of the building of the monument by English Heritage



Thank you so much to Lynn Wilkinson, Mary McConnell, Valerie Park and Martha Kunz for all their quidance and resources.