40,000 years old Cave Paintings in Indonesia

Up until now the oldest cave paintings have always been found in Western Europe (Lascaux, France or Altamira, Spain or Creswell Crags, England).

On the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, Australian and Indonesian scientists have dated layers of stalactite growths that have formed over coloured outlines of human hands.

Early artists made them by carefully blowing paint around hands that were pressed tightly against the cave walls and ceilings.

This discovery of paintings at opposite ends of the globe, suggests the origin of art is further back in time in Africa, before modern humans spread across the rest of the world.

Read the BBC Story, watch a video and view all the pictures: Cave paintings change ideas about origins of art

Wild Pig This painting, from Bone, is of a variety a wild endemic dwarfed bovid found only in Sulawesi, which the inhabitants probably hunted

Wild Pig
This painting, from Bone, is of a variety a wild endemic dwarfed bovid found only in Sulawesi, which the inhabitants probably hunted

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