Ancient dating customs

Artworks created by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers include petroglyphs, stylized cave paintings, hand stencils - as in the Cave of Hands (Cueva de las Manos) (7,000 BCE) in Argentina - body adornments like bracelets as well as functional objects like paddles and weapons.

These types of Mesolithic art have been located in many different areas around the world, including the Waterberg area in Africa, the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka in India, Arnhem Land in Australia.

Instead, they considered that the oldest art was created by "anatomically modern man" after 40,000 BCE, exemplified by the abstract art at El Castillo, the primitive engravings at the Abri Castanet (c.35,000 BC), the figurative Chauvet cave paintings (c.30,000 BCE) in the Ardeche, the polychrome Lascaux cave paintings (c.17,000 BCE), the Altamira cave paintings (15,000 BCE), and the extraordinary Addaura Cave engravings (11,000 BCE).

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Once carved the children would go out in groups and march through the streets, singing traditional ‘punky’ songs, calling in at friendly houses and competing for best lantern with rival groups they meet.

The streets would be lit with the light of the Punkies.

See also folk, facts and sayings about October Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Dating from the 19th century, the Pearly Kings & Queens are a much-loved Cockney tradition.

The first type of so-called "cave art", is the cave painting in Cantabria, as exemplified by the abstract El Castillo cave paintings dated to 39,000 BCE. Early mobiliary art includes the Swabian Lion Man of Hohlenstein-Stadel (38,000 BCE).

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