Are the ancient scratchings and paintings found in more than two hundred caves scattered through southwestern France and northeastern Spain, sophisticated renderings done by ‘cave man’ artists?… or are they the playful ‘doodling and graffiti’ of Paleolithic teenagers?
I absolutely love the idea that "kids will be kids" whether they are from the ‘Paleolithic Times’ or this ‘New Millennium’, especially when it comes to their art!
Reading through this interesting article called "Secrets of the Cave Paintings" By William H. McNeill, I was delighted to read R. Dale Guthrie’s insights on the art found on the walls of several caves inhabited by Paleolithic Cave Man.
"It was, he supposes [the depiction of animal forms on rock surfaces ], —something an adolescent boy or mature man would do casually in spare time, using both sharpened stones to carve the outlines and various mineral and vegetable colors to make the animal images accurate.
Not specialized artists but quite ordinary males, Guthrie believes, were the cave artists and they decorated the walls for fun, not for any religious or other ulterior purpose."
"…youngsters were responsible for much more of preserved Paleolithic art than scholars have assumed…. I am not concluding…that all Paleolithic art is children’s art, only that works by young people constitute both a disproportionate and largely unrecognized fraction of preserved Paleolithic art."
The thought of a group of cave kids ‘just hanging out’ scratching some stuff on the walls, (mostly gory hunting pictures and human private parts) reaffirmed my suspicions that kids are pretty much the same creatures no matter what time and place they are from.