AP Art History - Content Area 1: Global Prehistory 30,000-500B.C.E.

This unit makes up about 4% of the average AP exam, and it includes 11 works of art. It includes the earliest rudiments of artistic expression like cave paintings and ancient pottery.


Human expression existed across the globe before the written record. While prehistoric art of Europe has been the focus of many introductions to the history of art, very early art is found worldwide and shares certain features, particularly concern with the natural world and humans’ place within it.

1. Apollo 11 stones
2. Great Hall of Bulls
3. Camelid sacrum in the shape of a canine
4. Running horned woman
5. Bushel with ibex motifs
6. Anthropomorphic stele
7. Jade Cong
8. Stonehenge
9. Ambum Stone
10. Tlatilco female figurine
11. Terracotta fragment (Lapita)

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