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(Animal drawings using regular side-profiles, for instance, are typically older than those using three-quarter profiles.) For a chronological list of dates and events associated with Stone Age culture, see: Prehistoric Art Timeline.(c.5,300,000 BCE) This epoch begins roughly with the emergence of upright early hominids.
It witnessed the emergence of modern man and the great works of Paleolithic rock art, like cupules, petroglyphs, engravings, pictographs, cave murals, sculpture and ceramics.
The term pleistocene comes from Greek words (pleistos "most") and (kainos "new").
Artworks created during their eras are believed to have been influenced by other cultures.
This era joins the Ice Age culture of the Upper Paleolithic with the ice-free, farming culture of the Neolithic.
Introduction Types Characteristics Dating & Chronology Prehistoric Culture Human Evolution: From Axes to Art Paleolithic Period Lower Paleolithic (c.2.5 million - 200,000 BCE) Middle Paleolithic (c.200,000 - 40,000 BCE) Upper Paleolithic (c.40,000-10,000 BCE) Mesolithic Culture - 10,000 - 4,000 BCE - Northern and Western Europe - 10,000 - 7,000 BCE - Southeast Europe - 10,000 - 8,000 BCE - Middle East and Rest of World Neolithic Culture - 4,000 - 2,000 BCE: Northern and Western Europe - 7,000 - 2,000 BCE: Southeast Europe - 8,000 - 2,000 BCE: Middle East & Rest of World Bronze Age Art (In Europe, 3000-1200 BCE) Iron Age Art (In Europe, 1500-200 BCE)Types Archeologists have identified 4 basic types of Stone Age art, as follows: petroglyphs (cupules, rock carvings and engravings); pictographs (pictorial imagery, ideomorphs, ideograms or symbols), a category that includes cave painting and drawing; and prehistoric sculpture (including small totemic statuettes known as Venus Figurines, various forms of zoomorphic and therianthropic ivory carving, and relief sculptures); and megalithic art (petroforms or any other works associated with arrangements of stones).