House at Mezhirich

House at Mezhirich

Date ca. 16,000-10,000 BCE

Movement Prehistoric, Upper Paleolithic

Medium Mammoth bone

Provenance Mezhirich, Ukraine


We know prehistoric peoples were economic— making the utmost use of a kill for food, clothing, and as seen here, shelter. The importance of animals for survival in this day- and-age can perhaps explain their prominence in cave paintings and carvings. Mammoth shelters such as these would have been used as seasonal dwellings for migrating tribes.