By Paul Rainbird
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Werner Herzog's 2011 movie Cave of Forgotten goals, concerning the painted caves at Chauvet, France introduced a glimpse of Europe's remarkable prehistory to a favored viewers. yet paleolithic cave work, lovely as they're, shape only a a part of a narrative that starts with the coming of the 1st people to Europe 1.
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Scandinavia, a land mass comprising the fashionable international locations of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, used to be the final a part of Europe to be inhabited by means of people. now not until eventually the top of the final Ice Age whilst the melting of massive ice sheets left in the back of a clean, barren land floor, approximately 13,000 BC, did the 1st people arrive and settle within the area.
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