The most important moments in modern history have been reinvented as “ancient” rock art.
2,000 UK adults voiced their views on which moments from the worlds of sport, technology, politics and popular culture should be immortalized in the Hellfire Caves of Buckinghamshire.
Using the same techniques, style and colors as our ancestors more than 30,000 years ago, illustrator Emmy Smith worked with archaeologist Professor Paul Pettitt to make the paintings as authentic as possible.
Other notable moments featured include Barack Obama becoming America’s first black president, Live Aid, and Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’.
SEGA commissioned the rock art and survey to celebrate the launch of the new historical strategy game, HUMANKIND, which allows players to create and lead their own unique civilization.
Paul Pettitt, Professor in the Department of Archeology at Durham University, said: “Ancient humans used rock art for thousands of years to record the most important concerns of their time.
“And I’m delighted that SEGA has used the oldest art medium to bring some of the most iconic moments in modern history to life.
“Rock art was a universal form of expression, with examples found all over the world.
“It was a pleasant challenge to discover how to translate the events of the last decades, both monumental and mundane, into authentic rock art; I am extremely proud of the results ”.
The survey found that 72 percent of adults believe it is “important” that key events in modern history are shared with future generations.
And 62 percent think rock art is a great way to learn about the history of those who lived during that time.
Furthermore, 51 percent think that cave paintings are more likely to survive for thousands of years than any form of modern technology.
More than half (51 percent) also believe that cave paintings are more likely to survive for thousands of years than any form of modern technology.
It also emerged that respondents think Sir David Attenborough (27 percent) would be the best person to lead modern civilization.
But Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford (eight percent) got twice as many votes as current UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (four percent).
While 34 percent think they would do a good or excellent job if they were in charge themselves.
Their priorities would include providing free health care for all (46 percent), ensuring equal rights for all (36 percent), and implementing a four-day work week (19 percent). Sounds good to us.
THE FIVE MAIN SPORTS MOMENTS
1. England won the World Cup in 1966
2. Andy Murray won Wimbledon in 2013
3. Super Saturday at the 2012 London Olympics
4. England reach the final of Euro 2020
5. England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003
THE FIVE MAIN MOMENTS OF POP CULTURE
1. Live Aid concert in 1985
2. Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011
3. Gangnam Style Dance in 2012
4. Jarvis Cocker storming the stage during Michael Jackson’s performance at the 1996 Brit Awards
5. Lady Gaga’s meat dress at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
THE MAIN FIVE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES
1. The invention of the Internet in 1983
2. The first human organ transplant in 1954
3. The first ‘test tube’ baby born in 1978
4. The International Space Station in 1998
5. The rise of smartphones in the 1990s and 2000s
THE FIVE MOST INSPIRATIONAL LEADERS
1. Sir David Attenborough
2. Stephen Hawking
3. Queen Elizabeth II
4. Bill Gates
5. Barack Obama
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