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Cave Art: A Guide to the Decorated Ice Age Caves of Europe [Paperback]

Paul G. Bahn
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19 Oct 2007

The decorated Ice Age caves are some of mankind's greatest artistic achievements, and there is no substitute for seeing the caves themselves. There you can see the art – paintings, engravings, bas-reliefs or drawings – in its original, natural setting, and stand where the artists did 30,000–10,000 years ago.
For speleologists and holidaymakers alike – indeed anyone who wants to add a visit to a cave to their itinerary – here is an essential handbook. The first guide to all the decorated Ice Age caves in Europe that are open to the public, Cave Art covers more than 50 caves in England, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, as well as relevant museums and centres.
This second edition has been fully revised and includes three additional caves and four new facsimiles.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (19 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711226555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711226555
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 14.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Such trips could not be better planned than by using this as a guidebook

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'Clear photographs intrigue and show beautiful colour and line rendered in prehistory.'

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About the Author

Paul Bahn is a distinguished archaeologist and writer and broadcaster on archaeology. He led the team that discovered the caves of Creswell Crags. He lives in Hull.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Palaeolithic cave art 26 July 2010
By Decuman
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A tour of Palaeolithic caves in the Dordogne was an extraordinary experience and (for me) a holday of a lifetime. If you buy this very practical and useful guide you will be able to plan an even better exploration across Europe! This is an affordable guide to start with. Many of the caves have glossy expensive guides when you get there... but start with this. Oh, and by the way, you need to read the first of the 3 books by David Lloyd Williams: "The Mind in the Cave". There's more to cave art than you think. Palaeolithic people did not go deep into the earth to paint a picture to while away a rainy afternoon! Once you start studying prehistory you will get hooked...
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3.0 out of 5 stars good but very basic 1 May 2011
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A small book with some photo's and information about the better known caves. I would have liked more information about the history of the caves but this is just a basic guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Tool for my Research Trip 11 Mar 2008
By M. Baehr - Published on
Thank you, Paul Bahn, for making this book! I am planning a trip to Europe exclusively to visit cave art sites. I have been trying to find information about caves that are still open to the public, but was having a really hard time on my own finding anything helpful. My search has come to an end! This book has a wealth of information which will undoubtedly be invaluable for planning and during my trip. It covers more than 50 caves and relevant museums/centers throughout England, France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy that are open to the public.

Each cave is arranged by country. It has a description of the site and what there is to see as well as the histories and interesting facts about them. Coupled with the description is a list of practical information about the site which includes:

- The site's address, telephone, fax, website, and e-mail address
- Nearest city/town
- Nearest airport
- Nearest car rental
- Nearest train station
- Nearest bus route
- Nearest taxi or private car hire
- Restaurants in the vicinity
- Hotels in the vicinity

Then it has a list of questions which are each answered with as much detail as possible for each site. The questions are:

- When is the cave open?
- Admission prices?
- Storage facilities?
- Do you have to make a group?
- Can you reserve a place in a group?
- Languages of the guides?
- Length of tour?
- Is the cave privately owned?
- Is there a gift shop?
- Are there WC facilities?
- Handicapped access?
- Is there any climbing necessary?
- Distance to walk?
- Level of fitness required?
- Equipment required?
- What are the conditions inside the cave?
- Is it lit?
- Is it slippery?
- Is photography allowed?

There are maps and an informative introduction to the book that explains a lot about what to expect when you visit these sites. There is also some interesting information about cave art itself. There are many full color photos of the art you can expect to see. It is apparent that great care went into creating this guide. It far surpassed my expectations. It is clear, easy to read, and up to date. I can't wait to use it to help me plan my trip to Europe!
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3.0 out of 5 stars tourist guide to paleolithic cave art 13 Jun 2009
By William Mixon - Published on
Bahn's little book is a tourists' guide to the Paleolithic art sites in Europe, mainly in France and Spain. Most are caves, but some are cliffs, rock shelters, or museums. There is a short introduction to ancient European cave art in general, and then a tabulation of sites open to the public, with brief descriptive text and listings of data such as location, hours, and fees. One or more color photos accompanies most of the more than fifty listings.--Bill Mixon
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 23 Aug 2012
By Ppawl - Published on
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I went on this trip and visited the caves with the author. I found the guide so good to have read prior to my trip. It was wonderful.
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