EVIDENCE our cave-dwelling ancestors enjoyed music and art has been found during during a research trip in northern Spain.

Prehistoric paintings were found in ‘living’ parts of caves alongside a number of lithophones or musical rocks.

The research team, from Huddersfield University, said the findings made it clear both sound and image were significant rituals inside caves.

Dr Rupert Till, head of the research, said: “It is clear that prehistory is not deaf, silent or mute.

“In the dark, flickering light of a prehistoric cave, sound may have been particularly dramatic or important.”