Dating prehistoric paintings

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More than 700 drawings have been discovered on the cave walls.

They are painted with bat guano (bat excrement) and represent hunting and dancing people as well as a large variety of animals.

"Now a lot has been damaged through exfoliation, pieces falling off.

And others are covered by calcium carbonate." CREDIT: Screengrab, Nature Video.

Photo: Bhimbetka Located in central India, Bhimbetka contains over 600 rock shelters decorated with prehistoric cave paintings.

Executed mainly in red and white with the occasional use of green and yellow the paintings usually depict the lives and times of the people who lived in the caves.

Archaeologists may have discovered Earth's oldest known cave art.

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But the pig-deers, miniature buffalos and other creatures depicted by prehistoric artists in Indonesia could change that narrative. It's not clear if humans already had artistic instincts by the time the left Africa to colonize parts of Eurasia 100,000 years ago, or if symbolic representation arose independently in far-flung parts of the globe. "In the early 1980s there were a lot of cave paintings on this site in the form of hand stencils (shown here)," said Muhammad Ramli, of the Preservation of Cultural Reserves Association in Indonesia, as translated in a Nature video, referring to the new finding.But the artwork was only recently dated, revealing that the paintings are much older than was previously assumed.The finding sheds light on early human creativity and representational art. The Maros karsts, in southwest Sulawesi, have dozens of caves.Photo: Magura Cave The Magura Cave is one of the largest caves in Bulgaria located in the northwest part of the country.The cave walls are decorated by prehistoric cave paintings dating back about 8000 to 4000 years ago.

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