Ancient Indonesian decorated caves as old as vaunted images found in Europe
A new study has found that the Ancient Indonesian decorated caves that have images of hands and primitive animals dating back to at least 40,000 years ago are as old as the famous prehistoric art in Europe.
This discovery indicated towards the fact that there was an even earlier dawn of creativity in modern humans going back to Africa, than scientists had earlier thought of.
Archaeologists carefully analyzed the dozen stencils of hands in mulberry red along with this they also studied the detailed drawings of an animal described as a "pig-deer" are between 35,000 to 40,000 years old, based on levels of decay of the element uranium.
Scientists also noticed some strange outcroppings that they named as "cave popcorn" on the drawings. On testing these cave popcorn that had grown over the stencils, the scientists were able to determine their minimum age that they zeroed in to be somewhere near 40,000 years.
The basic conclusion derived from this analysis was that the art found in Sulawesi, southeast of Borneo, is of the same time period as the drawings that were found in Spain and a famous cave in France.
Lead author of this study is Maxime Aubert, who is an archaeologist and geochemist at Griffith University in Australia.
He said, "Our rock art dates from Sulawesi show that at around the same time on the other side of the world people were making pictures of animals as remarkable as those in the Ice Age caves of France and Spain".
Though paleoanthropologist John Shea of Stony Brook University in New York was not a part of this study, he said that this particular discovery will certainly change what science thought about early humans and art.
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