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Evidence of unknown 4,000-year-old civilization found in Venezuela

By T.K. Randall
July 4, 2024 · Comment icon 4 comments
South American rock drawings.
Who created these drawings and what do they mean ? Image Credit: Jose Miguel Perez-Gomez et al.
Archaeologists have discovered ancient drawings thought to have been created by a long lost civilization.
It's not every day that you find evidence of an ancient undiscovered culture, but that's exactly what happened recently when researchers analyzed a series of curious drawings on rocks in Canaima National Park in Bolivia.

The drawings, which include colorful depictions of leaves, dot patterns and stick figures, were discovered on a flat-topped mountain in the region which spans some 11,500 square miles.

Dating back 4,000 years and created using red ochre, the drawings do not seem to have been made by any known civilization.

"What we are seeing is a new culture of hunter-gatherers who likely arrived in the Canaima National Park area at the end of the Pleistocene, which lasted from between 2.5 million and 11,700 years ago," lead researcher Jose Miguel Perez-Gomez told Mail Online.
"They settled, evolved there, and then spread to the rest of the region, reaching places as far as the Amazon Basin."

It is thought that the drawings may have been ritualistic in nature, but more research will be needed in order to fully understand their significance.

"Stylistic comparisons so far show similarities to rock paintings near the Brazilian border, which have been dated to around 4,000 BP," said Perez-Gomez.

"However, the newly found rock art is much cruder, suggesting it could be even older."

Source: Mail Online | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Myles 8 days ago
They did not provide how they dated it other than saying it looks cruder than 4000 year old paintings.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Tom1200 5 days ago
The image provided: Notice the cricket stumps slightly left of centre?  This is clearly a record of an important Neolithic test match.  All the dots are 'dot balls' which means no runs were scored that time.  All the batsmen were called X, which must have been confusing.  I can't read the final score but it looks to have been quite low.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Piney 5 days ago
Cricket is a evil that must be exterminated. ?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 5 days ago
They may have taken a scraping of the material used as the colors and then carbon dated the painting, just a guess!

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