Thursday, August 30, 2007

Ancient lifestyle may link art found in Egypt, Europe

The Columbus Dispatch (Bradley T. Lepper)

Short piece looking at the way in which similarities in art reflect similarties in ideas even over very long distances.

National Geographic News reported last month that an international team of archaeologists had discovered the oldest known art in Egypt. The country is, of course, known for its pyramids and mummies, but the art in question is 10,000 years older than the dawn of Egyptian civilization. The art consists of petroglyphs, or engravings on stone, estimated to be 15,000 years old. Its style is closer to the art of Paleolithic France than to that of Pharonic Egypt. . . .

We share a common humanity, so our cultural expressions are bound to share some important elements -- regardless of where, or when, we live.

See the above page for the full story.

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