Cavedudes Part II: Weaponry

January 10, 2012

I know in the last installment of the history of art in our world, we started with the cavedudes and how they came about art and I said I would pick up where I left off in another week... well that didn't happen for one very good reason: I was superbly sicker than just about anything that has ever been sick before. True Story! I'm better now in case you want to pretend you care.

Now onto the bizness! Last time I pointed out that cave paintings were painted on walls as symbols that represented animals. Later I got into pottery a bit. But this time I want to get down to what some people may not consider art... I'm not sure why, because it awesome to anyone that ever possessed these awesome artifacts: Weaponry!

You know as kids growing up in America we love finding arrowheads because it's like some time machine to an ancient past that we somehow feel connected with. They were truly awesome. The thing is, most of those arrowheads aren't really as old as you might think. Most are really just from a couple of hundred years ago, or even later. But, that doesn't change the awesomeness factor a bit.

However, some of those artifacts are indeed ancient and were rockin' the tips of some cavedude's spears at sometime in the past, especially outside of the Americas. So, what I'm getting at here is, if you ever held an arrowhead, ancient or only semi-ancient, it doesn't matter, you can truly see the dedication that went into it, one stroke at a time. And any artist will tell you that when you focus on something like that and put that much passion into something, it becomes art, no matter if it's utilitarian or just aesthetic.

So, even though I don't have a whole lot of "history" behind the weaponry of cavenmen to discuss in an artistic sense, I just wanted to add it to the previous article so as to not discredit a very important and one of my favorite forms of art. I know most artists and art lovers probably would pay much more homage to the cave wall art in Lascaux, but dammit, I went to college for regular history and anthropology and I can't help but see the art in something so mandatory to the survival of our ancestors.

So, if you have never seen arrowheads or another type of weapons from a stone-age era, then I beg you check it out and tell me you can't see the art in it.



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