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Prehistoric people created art by fire - study

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A new study published in the peer-reviewed open-access scientific journal PLOS One found that prehistoric people used fire to carve artwork into stone.

Researchers at the Universities of York and Durham identified patterns of pink heat damage around the edges of several engraved stones – known as plaquettes – that were carved with artistic designs around 15,000 years ago. Researchers said the carvings are likely to have been made using stone tools by Magdalenian people, an early hunter-gatherer culture dating from between 23,000 and 14,000 years ago.

Following their discovery, the researchers aimed to replicate the stones and conditions themselves as prehistoric artists would have seen them thousands of years ago: under fireside light conditions and with the fresh white lines engravers would have made as they first cut into the rock. Researchers used 3D models and virtual reality software to recreate the plaquettes and settings.

Pic: Researchers said the carvings are likely to have been made using stone tools by Magdalenian people, an early hunter-gatherer culture dating from between 23,000 and 14,000 years ago.

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