(About 10-5 millennia years ago)


Practically in all the regions where the plane or three-dimensional depictions of the Upper Palaeolithic were discovered, there is a pause in the artistic activity of people of the subsequent epochs. Its duration differs in different regions. In the steppes and partially- wooded steppes of Eurasia it lasts for a long time, almost 8-9 millennia. In the more favourable regions, for example in the Mediterranean and in the Front East this pause is shorter - 5-6 millennia years. The period between the end of the Upper Palaeolithic and the beginning of the new Stone Age (Neolithic) is called Mesolithic. Maybe, this period is poorly studied yet, maybe the depictions, made in the open air, not in caves, were washed away with snow and rains, maybe, among the petroglyphs, very difficult to be dated, there are some, referred to that period but we can't recognize them. It is significant that even the small form objects are seldom found at the excavations of the Mesolithic monuments. Only few less dubious Mesolithic depictions can be mentioned: Kamennaya Mogila at the Ukraine, Gobustan in Azerbaidzhan, Zaraut-Kamar in Uzbekistan, Shakhty in Tadzhikistan and Bhimbetka in India.









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