Why study art history without studying music history, historical literature, or postage stamp history? Art history, starting around 30,000 B.C. with the oldest cave paintings (see Chapter 4), 26,500 years ahead of writing! This shows that the art history is older than history, starting only when there were about 3,500 B.C in writing. Native american we can choose to end hate by no longer teaching it poster . Along with archeology, art history is one of the main windows into prehistoric times (things that occurred before 3,500 B.C.). Cave paintings, sculptures and prehistoric architecture have contributed to the lively picture __ although unfinished __ of Stone and Bronze Age life. Without art history, we would know much less about our ancestors.