Australian rock art may be the oldest in the world

Australian rock art may be the oldest in the world


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All those who like history will know the paintings of the Caves of Chauvet, in France, or the Altamira Caves, in Spain. In these places are those that are considered the oldest cave paintings in the world, although that honor could cease to be.

A group of researchers will use state-of-the-art dating devices to prove that the rock art of indigenous Australians might be the oldest in the world. It is estimated that the results could return a age that would exceed 50,000 years.

Studying history a little, it is known that the earliest human cultures in Australia date back between 50,000 and 80,000 years before the Europeans arrived, a truly impressive period of time that has not gone unnoticed by researchers.

One of the most prolific places for this kind of rock art is in an Australian region called Kimberley, in northwestern Australia. This place is a true paradise for researchers because there are thousands of different paintings spread over more than 400,000 square kilometers.

In this area there is a large group of researchers studying many of these works of rock art in order to carry out their dating, something that had been quite difficult until now, especially because they had not found traces of organic material in the paintings, which prevents the radiocarbon test from being used.

The alternative they were doing so far was that of the uranium series dating, which made it possible to measure radioactive decay and according to the results of the first tests, we could be talking about a much older dating than those of the French and Spanish caves.

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The age of rock art in European caves dates back to about 40,000 years roughly and is part of the dominant belief that cultural expression was born in Europe, something that may fall off if age of Australian paintings is confirmed.

As Andrew Gleadow, a well-known geologist, stated, “rock art should be considered one of the great cultural landmarks of human development and migration across the planet. If it is finally proven that Kimberley's paintings are the oldest in the world, it will be something truly exciting.”.

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