Terracotta Angel, c.1896
Watts Chapel, England

 Photo : Jeff Saward/Labyrinthos



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The earliest labyrinths are often difficult to date accurately - a labyrinth carved on a rockface several hundred years ago can often look no different from an example carved thousands of years ago. Other examples, found on objects recovered in archaelological excavations, can often be securely dated. Despite these problems, we know that the earliest labyrinths to be found in Europe are at least 4000 years old. Below are a selection of images of these 'early' labyrinths, with approximate dates of creation.

Early & Prehistoric Labyrinths

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For more information about these early labyrinths, you may care to read the article The First Labyrinths in the Introduction section on this website, which explains a little of their history.

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