Paleolithic is an interactive that I’m developing in Twine about people who lived in northern Spain and southern France 40,000 years ago. It’s the prototype of a larger research project. You read the story and make a choice in each passage about which branch of the story you would like to follow. Most of the images are photos I took from a visit to the region in 2016. Others are from tableaux at the American Museum of Natural History.

The image above is from my 2016 tour of El Castillo and Las Monedas caves at Puente Viesgo in Cantabria, Spain. There are sections of both caves that visitors can still access but several other caves at the site such as La Pasiega and La Flecha are closed to tourists. Some of the paintings at Puente Viesgo – especially images of hands – are 40,000 years old. The site is about 15 kilometers from Altamira. This interactive story imagines what life was like for the people who painted the cave walls.

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