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HomeWorldArchaeologist Finds Mankind's Oldest Animal Cave Painting In Indonesia

Archaeologist Finds Mankind’s Oldest Animal Cave Painting In Indonesia

Kuala Lumpur: Archaeologists working in Indonesia have discovered the oldest cave artwork in a remote valley on the island of Sulawesi. The art depicts a life-sized picture of a wild pig that was made at least 45,500 years ago.

Scientists described it as the earliest evidence of human settlement in the region. The Sulawesi warty pig measures 136 by 54 centimetres, and was painted using dark red ochre pigment and has a short crest of upright hair.

Maxime Aubert, co-author of the report published in the Science Advances journal, said the painting could be much older because the dating that they are using only dates the calcite on top of it.

“The people who made it were fully modern, they were just like us, they had all of the capacity and the tools to do any painting that they liked,” he added.

While, the previous oldest art painting was discovered by the same team in Sulawesi, which depicted a group of part-human, part-animal figures hunting mammals, and was created at least 43,900 years ago.