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Arts 2014, 3(2), 207-212; doi:10.3390/arts3020207

The Significance of the Pech Merle Spotted Horses

Research Associate, Dept. of Archaeology, University of York, York, YO1 7EP, UK
Received: 7 March 2014 / Revised: 10 April 2014 / Accepted: 28 April 2014 / Published: 8 May 2014
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The Pech Merle spotted horses have been one of the key lines of evidence put forward in support of the notion Upper Palaeolithic cave depictions relate to a concern for the supernatural. Recent findings from genetics has cast doubt on this notion in confirming that such horses actually existed during the Upper Palaeolithic in Europe and therefore it is possible real, rather than fictitious, horses were being portrayed. As well as examining criticisms in response to this finding, the present paper presents further evidence to support the possibility real horses were portrayed and the implications for explanations that continue to rely on the supernatural.
Keywords: Pech Merle; cave art; genetics; horses; visual science; Palaeolithic Pech Merle; cave art; genetics; horses; visual science; Palaeolithic
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Hodgson, D. The Significance of the Pech Merle Spotted Horses. Arts 2014, 3, 207-212.

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