Archaeology & History
Indonesia rock art dates back 40,000 years
By T.K. Randall
October 9, 2014 · 4 comments
Early Indonesian rock art. Image Credit: CC 1.0 Luc-Henri Fage
Ancient cave drawings found in Indonesia show that early Europeans weren't the only ones creating art.
Known as the Sulawesi paintings, the prehistoric images were discovered some years ago inside limestone caves in Indonesia's Maros and Pangkep regions.
The drawings, which include depictions of animals and hand stencils created by spraying red pigment on to the rock face, have been analyzed using sophisticated new dating techniques and are now believed to date back at least 40,000 years.
The discovery is particularly important because it shows that primitive forms of artistic expression were not exclusive to the people living in Europe at the time.
"Cave painting and related forms of artistic expression were most likely part of the cultural traditions of the first modern humans to spread out of Africa and into Asia and Australia, long before they reached Europe," said study co-author Adam Brunn.
Source: NBC News
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