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44,000-year-old hunting scene is earliest painted ‘story’ ever found


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44,000-year-old hunting scene is earliest painted ‘story’ ever found

Cave paintings discovered in Indonesia reveal ancient artists were conjuring imagined scenes 20,000 years earlier than we thought – but who painted them? Humans 11 December 2019 By Alison George Small figures attacking an anoa, a buffalo native to Sulawesi, IndonesiaRatno SardiA STUNNING cave painting discovered in Indonesia may be the earliest evidence of storytelling.…

44,000-year-old hunting scene is earliest painted ‘story’ ever found

Cave paintings discovered in Indonesia reveal ancient artists were conjuring imagined scenes 20,000 years earlier than we thought – but who painted them?



Humans



11 December 2019

By Alison George

Cave painting

Small figures attacking an anoa, a buffalo native to Sulawesi, Indonesia

Ratno Sardi

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A STUNNING cave painting discovered in Indonesia may be the earliest evidence of storytelling. The artwork is at least 43,900 years old, and shows that humans were depicting scenes tens of thousands of years earlier than previously thought.

The painting is a 4.5-metre-wide hunting scene, discovered in the limestone cave of Leang Bulu’ Sipong 4 in Sulawesi in 2017 by Maxime Aubert of Griffith University, Australia, and his colleagues. Painted in a dark red pigment, it depicts at least eight small human-like figures hunting two pigs …

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