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51,000-year-old Indonesian cave portray will be the world's oldest storytelling artwork

July 3, 2024

A cave portray on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi will be the oldest proof of narrative artwork ever found, researchers say. The paintings, which depicts a human-like determine interacting with a warty pig, suggests folks might have been utilizing artwork as a method of telling tales for for much longer than we thought. 

Archaeological proof reveals that Neanderthals started marking caves as early as 75,000 years in the past, however these markings had been sometimes non-figurative. Till just a few years in the past, the oldest identified figurative cave portray was a 21,000-year-old rock artwork panel in Lascaux, France, displaying a bird-headed human charging a bison. However in 2019, archaeologists unearthed lots of of examples of rock artwork in caves within the Maros-Pangkep karst. The rock artwork included a 15-foot-wide (4.5 meters) panel depicting human-like figures partaking with warty pigs (Sus celebensis) and anoas (Bubalus) — dwarf buffalos native to Sulawesi.

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