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Cave Paintings in Indonesia Redraw Picture of Earliest Art

Cave paintings on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were found more than 50 years ago, but until now the dates of origin were not known. The art shown here has not been dated, but is stylistically similar to other art in the area now found to be around 40,000 years old.

Photograph by Maxime Aubert, Griffith University, Australia

A hand painted in an Indonesian cave dates to at least 39,900 years...

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Date: 2017-12-15 04:27:17

World's Oldest Cave Art Found—Made by Neanderthals?

World's Oldest Cave Art Found--Made by Neanderthals?

"It adds to evidence Neanderthals were not a distinct species," archaeologist says.

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In El Castillo cave, hand stencils join a red disk (not pictured) that may be Earth's oldest cave art.

Photograph courtesy Pedro Saura via Science/AAAS

Prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils on Spanish cave walls are now the world's oldest known...

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Date: 2017-12-15 02:44:27

Egypt's Oldest Known Art Identified, Is 15,000 Years Old

Rock face drawings and etchings recently rediscovered in southern Egypt are similar in age and style to the iconic Stone Age cave paintings in Lascaux, France, and Altamira, Spain, archaeologists say.

"It is not at all an exaggeration to call it 'Lascaux on the Nile,'" said expedition leader Dirk Huyge, curator of the Egyptian Collection at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, Belgium.

"The style is riveting," added Salima Ikram of the American University in Cairo, who was part of...

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Baja California Rock Art Dated to 7,500 Years Ago

Baja California Rock Art Dated to 7,500 Years Ago

John Roach

for National Geographic News

July 17, 2003

The giant rock art murals that grace the walls of hundreds of shelters and caves found in the hardscrabble hills of the high sierra in Baja California Sur, Mexico, date back as far as 7,500 years ago, according to data from an ongoing study of the area.

The ancient dates for the paintings cast...

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