A Brief Prehistory of Time: Art in Paleolithic Ice Age Europe
Join local artist and archaelogist Mark Holsapple for this visual treat exploring artistic masterpieces of Paleolithic Ice Age Europe. Go back in time 40,000 years to review images of rare, preserved artworks created by these ancient artists including cave paintings, engravings, and sculptures as well as mobile art and tools including Venus figurines, batons, and spear throwers. For an extra tactile experience, on hand will be spear throwers, darts, and cast replicas of a few of the most ancient sculptures and tools (the originals are sadly unavailable).
Mark Holsapple is a Santa Cruz artist and photographer who studied Archaeology at the University of New Mexico under Dr. Lewis Binford, an innovative thinker who stressed the importance of interdisciplinary scientific methodology. As an artist, Mark's archaeological focus has primarily been on Paleolithic Ice Age Europe and the glorious art our ancient Cromagnon ancestors created. Mark has visited many of the French Ice Age cave sites, and has been involved in multiple archaeological field site projects including the Manis Mastodon site (~13,000 year old Native American butchery site), a Polynesian excavation in American Samoa, and multiple Santa Cruz area historical excavations.
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