Explore cave paintings in this 360° animated cave – Iseult Gillespie

Explore cave paintings in this 360° animated cave – Iseult Gillespie


In 1879, amateur archaeologist
Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola and his young daughter Maria
explored a dark cave in Northern Spain. When Maria wondered off by herself,
she made an amazing discovery. They were standing inside
a site of ancient art, the walls and roofs decorated with
prehistoric paintings and engravings, ranging from 19,000 to 35,000 years old. Similar marks of our ancestors have been
preserved in caves all over the world. The oldest we’ve found were made up to
40,000 years ago. What do these images tell us
about the ancient human mind and the lives of their creators? These early artists mixed minerals, clay,
charcoal, and ochre with spit or animal fat to create paint. They drew with their hands and tools,
like pads of moss, twigs, bones, and hair. In many instances, their images follow
the contours of the cave to create depth and shade. The most common depictions
are of geometric shapes, followed by large mammals, like bison,
horses, mammoths, deer, and boars. Human figures appear rarely,
as well as occasional hand prints. Some have theorized that these artworks
are the creation of hunters, or of holy men in trance-like states. And we’ve found examples created by
men, women, and even children. And why did they create this art? Perhaps they were documenting
what they knew about the natural world, like modern scientists, or marking their tribal territory. Maybe the images were the culmination
of sacred hunting rituals or spiritual journeys. Or could they be art for art’s sake,
the sheer joy and fulfillment of creation? As with many unsolved mysteries
of the ancient world, we may never know for sure, barring the invention
of a time machine, that is. But while the answers remain elusive, these images are our earliest proof
of human communication, testifying to the human capacity
for creativity thousands of years before writing. They are a distinct visual language
that imagines the world outside the self, just like modern art forms, from graffiti and painting
to animated virtual-reality caves.

99 thoughts on “Explore cave paintings in this 360° animated cave – Iseult Gillespie

  1. Hey! We're so excited to share our first ever 360° video. Here's how you can view it:

    If you have access to a Google Cardboard viewer and a smart phone:
    1. Open this video in the YouTube app on your phone.
    2. Hit pause on the video.
    3. Tap the 3 vertical dots on the top right corner of the view window. This will slide up a sub-menu where you will choose the quality setting of your video stream. Choose "2160s." Note that if you are not streaming over Wifi, YouTube will only allow "720s" quality.
    4. Tap on the “Cardboard viewer” icon on the bottom row of the video window (it looks like a mask). This will present the video full screen in prep for the Cardboard viewer.
    5. The screen is now divided into 2 halves, separated by a thin white line that runs halfway up the screen. Make sure to rotate your phone so that this thin line is coming from the bottom of the screen. This ensures proper stereoscopic depth.
    6. Insert your phone into the Cardboard viewer and press play. The video will begin. Enjoy!

    If you do not have access to a Cardboard or smart phone:
    1. You can watch on your browser. Use your mouse to drag and explore the space above, below, and behind you. Enjoy!

  2. Okay, this was THE BEST VIDEO EVER! I literally felt like I was living INSIDE the VIDEO! (Long story short, THIS VIDEO IS AMAZING!!!)

  3. Actually 360° animation is just a large video cropped and they give you the fish eye effect if u get what I mean yeah.

  4. If you ever have the chance you must see the lascaux cave paintings! The original cave is closed for years now but just recently the opened the Centre International d’Art Pariétal – Lascaux IV in Montignac. The replica represents the whole of the original cave accessible to the public. There is another, smaller and earlier replica, Lascaux 2, closer to the original site. Even it is a replica, the quality is outstanding and I got a huge respect of what the people were capable of over 20'000 years ago!

  5. Lol first i thought there is somthing wrong with the video…

    But the video was so awesome that i barely listened to the speech

  6. here's more proof of the cognitive capacity of the human brain- after several unsuccessful attempts at viewing this via it's original delivery by email, through trial and error I figured out that I could view it directly on YouTube on my smartphone. well worth the effort ! thanks for the 360 degree animation – Just awesome. please make more like this.

  7. HOLY S***! I had no idea we could look around until I read the comments! This is AMAZING! First time I've seen this on YouTube!

  8. No mention as to how they know these paintings are from so long ago. I figure it's like the other lies they make up. They say stalactites take thousands of years to grow a few inches… when you can produce a great stalactite within a few years. Even better is when they carbon date stuff that's a week old, and it comes out as millions of years old.

  9. I hate 360 videos, I subscribe to Ted-Ed so that I can watch and listed to something on my secondary monitor while I work. I despise have to pan a video a round constantly on order to see the anything. Thumb down for this gimmicky nonsense.

  10. Only one honorable mention to women drawing too?
    Shame on you, TEDed.
    Just remember: women are smarter, even then they'd be.

  11. Worst idea for teaching. We should look for teaching techniques that impel the student to foccus, not to distrate with dozens of stimuli. It's sad, really. Making the student more active is not about pressing buttons. Should not be.

  12. I was about to think that this is a very boring video until I realized that it's 360… I kept moving to picture and didn't catch up what's the narrator said exactly….

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