This post was inspired by a Facebook posting about new dating on Cave Paintings. This twigged my curiosity and I started to investigate. I read a lot and I viewed many articles on You tube. There was a symposium on there, that I watched that covered many scientific areas on the topic. They claimed artistic input but I saw no sign of that.
The general overview seemed to be that Neanderthals did not produce art and the “modern” humans who did…did it for a spiritual purpose that had an altered state of mind aspects. Seemed rather blanket like for my taste. But these communities seem to like blanket statements. Anything that challenges this view, they tend to dismiss.
Well to be fair, there may well have been a spiritual element to some of the paintings: