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Editor's Pick-up | An Origin For Art

Published on 11 October 2014, by M. Tomazy.
Scientists say cave paintings of wild animals and hand markings in Indonesia are at least 35,000 years old, making them older than the artwork found in Europe.

A babirusa or ‘pig-deer’ and a hand stencil are seen on the walls of a cave in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. (file photo)
The murals, which were found on the island of Sulawesi in the 1950s, were originally thought to have been younger than 10,000 years old.

The new discovery by an Australian-Indonesian team means early settlers of Asia dealt with artwork around the time, or even earlier, than the Europeans, whose artistic works have been discovered in German and French caves.
Our discovery on Sulawesi shows that cave art was made at opposite ends of the Pleistocene Eurasian world at about the same time, suggesting these practices have deeper origins, perhaps in Africa before our species left this continent and spread across the globe.
 said Dr. Maxime Aubert, an archaeologist at the University of Wollongong.

Source: PressTV