Oldest Hunting Scene Rock Painting is 44,000 Years oldVignesh Subbaian (Author) Published Date : Dec 12, 2019 18:47 IST
World's oldest story dating back to 44,000 years found in Indonesian curve art: Research published in Nature journal on 11 December confirms humanity's oldest story in the form of cave art in Indonesia. Australia's Griffith University confirmed the finding of a 4.5 meter or 13-foot wide painting found in Indonesia two years ago, dates back to 43,900 years.
For a long time, Europe is said to have the oldest cave arts dating back to 14,000 to 21,000 years only. But the recent findings in Indonesia are changing with discoveries of cave arts dating back to 40,000 years some time back and now with nearly 44,000 years ago.
On the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, 4.5-meter cave art was found two years back. For the past two years, researchers of Australia's Griffith University analyzed cave art with the latest dating technologies. Now it is confirmed that it dates back to 43,900 years and belongs to the Upper Paleolithic period.
Similarly, a cave painting of animals was found in Borneo Island in Indonesia a few years ago. It was found to be at least 40,000 years old. But the now published cave art also has half-humans with animal or bird heads. They seem to be hunting the animals with spears.
Adam Brumm, an archeologist at Griffith University in Brisbane, says that it is a rare piece of cave art. With more than 242 caves in Sulawesi, there were many cave arts found before. But nothing is as unique as the newly found one says, Adam.
He was also one of the scientists to have reported similar 40,000-year-old cave arts in 2014 and 2018. Only these reports negative the world thinking that the Europeans were the pioneers in cave arts dating back up to 21,000 years. Sulawesi Island has a lot to say about human history for thousands of years ago.