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Ice Age Art

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The 3D-scans represent some the oldest figurative mobile art as well as the oldest musical instruments worldwide. Figurine, flutes and other objects, such tools of everyday life, made of stone, bone and ivory belong to the technological complex of the “Aurignacian”. The layers in which these object have been discovered date back between 35,000 and 43,000 years before present. Moreover, laserscans and new photogrammetries of the caves, in which these objects have been discovered, can be virtually visited. These six caves are part of the UNESCO World Heritage "Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura". They are located in the Ach and Lone Valley in Southwestern Germany. The landscape of two valleys, the caves and the objects form an integral ensemble of the earliest culture of early anatomically modern man (homo sapiens). The concentration of sites with traces of the earliest art and music as such is outstanding and unique in the world.