In Australia, perhaps the oldest rock art on the continent was discovered, which is 17.5 thousand years old.
The Daily Mail reports.
The drawing was depicted on the sloped ceiling of a rock shelter in the Ungango clan estate in the Kimberley region. There was a painted animal – a kangaroo.
Now the find is being studied eexperts from the University of Melbourne. They assume that the drawing from 17,100 to 17,500 years. The kangaroo is made in full size.
According to study author Dr. Damien Finch, about 28000 BC life-size animals were often depicted.
“This is an important find because with these initial assessments we can understand something about the world in which these ancient artists lived,” – he said.
According to him, the image on the rock was made in naturalistic period.
“We will never be able to find out what was in the mind of the artist when he wrote this work more than 600 generations ago, but we know that the naturalistic period extended even before the Last Ice Age”, – noted the scientist.
Dr Sven Uzman of the University of Western Australia’s School of Social Sciences and one of the project’s principal investigators said the rock art would pave the way for further understanding of indigenous cultural history.
“This iconic kangaroo depiction is visually similar to rock paintings from islands in Southeast Asia dating back over 40,000 years ago, indicating a cultural connection and hinting at even more ancient rock art in Australia.” he added.
As reported by “Apostrophe”, a prehistoric picture, which is almost 4 thousand years old, was discovered by a historian in the vicinity of the Indian city of Kamareddi.
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