The world's oldest known figurative artwork has been discovered in a cave in Indonesia — an endearing image of a warty pig. Archaeologists say it's at least 45,500 years old.
The world's oldest known figurative artwork has been discovered in a cave in Indonesia -- an endearing image of a warty pig.
This region is home to many intriguing limestone caves where other discoveries have been made.datingto 43,900 years ago was also found in Sulawesi in late 2019. The same team of archaeologistsin 2014 found human hand stencils, which were dated to 40,000 years ago.
Painted using red ocher, the scene shows a warty pig watching other warty pigs fight or otherwise interact.Credit:Basran BurhanPreviously, the oldest known cave art was thought to have first appeared in Europe 40,000 years ago, showcasing abstract symbols. By 35,000 years ago, the art became more sophisticated, showing horses and other animals.
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Study coauthor Maxime Aubert, an archaeologist and associate professor at Griffith University in Australia who specializes in the dating of rock art, said that view was"Eurocentric."It's now thought that the capability to create figurative art -- that references the real world -- either emerged before Homo sapiens migrated out of Africa and headed for Europe and Asia more than 60,000 years ago or that it emerged more than once as humans spread around the globe.
Dating cave art77,000 years ago, no figurative art older than those found on sites in Europe and Indonesia has been discovered on the African continent, Aubert said.One reason for that could be because it's particularly difficult to date cave art, Aubert explained. However, rock art made in limestone caves can sometimes be dated by measuring the radioactive decay of elements like uranium within the calcium carbonate deposits -- sometime called cave popcorn -- that form naturally on the cave surface.
This was the case at the Leang Tedongnge site in southern Sulawesi, where a small cave popcorn had formed on the rear foot of the pig figure after it had been painted. The date indicates the scene had been painted prior to 45,500 years ago, Aubert said, and the cave art could be much older.
A second Sulawesi warty pig image, from another cave in the region, was dated to at least 32,000 years ago using the same methodin the study that published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday.A second depiction of a warty pig in another cave was dated to at least 32,000 years ago. headtopics.com
Credit:AA OktavianaThe team expects future research in eastern Indonesia will lead to the discovery of much older rock art and other archaeological evidence, dating back at least 65,000 years."We have found and documented many rock art images in Sulawesi that still await scientific dating. We expect the early rock art of this island to yield even more significant discoveries," said study coauthor and Indonesian rock art expert Adhi Agus Oktaviana, a doctoral student at Griffith University.
Steep limestone cliffs enclose the limestone cave where the painting was found. The cave is only accessible by a narrow passage in the dry season.Credit:AA OktavianaPrehistoric PicassosThe researchers were confident the image was of a warty pig, which is shown in profile and filled in with irregular patterns of painted lines and dashes, because of the presence of spiky head crests and facial warts -- the two conspicuous, hornlike protusions in the upper snout area.
The pig painted on the ceiling of the cave measures 187 centimeters (6 feet) in length and 110 centimeters (3.6 feet) in height and is a red or mulberry color -- the prehistoric artists used iron-rich rock as a pigment and could have used two colors. The researchers said there are three other pigs in the scene.
The researchers were confident the image was of a warty pig because of the two conspicuous, hornlike protusions in the upper snout area.Credit:Warty pigs are still common in Indonesia and have since been domesticated.Not much is known about the people who made the art, Aubert said. headtopics.com
Research has indicated that Homo sapiens arrived in Southeast Asia between 60,000 and 70,000 years ago. While the researchers said they are unable to definitively conclude that the artwork is the handiwork of cognitively modern humans, that was the most likely explanation.
"Our species must have crossed through Wallacea by watercraft in order to reach Australia by at least 65,000 years ago," said Aubert, referring to the region between continental Asia and Australia.Stone Age Venus figurines were totems of survival, not sex, study suggests
"However, the Wallacean islands are poorly explored, and presently the earliest excavated archaeological evidence from this region is much younger in age." Read more: CNN »
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Whoa. That's old. You found your history. Congratulations 👏 Also found in the cave were some ‘50s vintage Budweiser cans... JK. I swear I saw this tweet several times in the past two days!! Do they keep reposting or what the hell is wrong with Twitter! Prescient portrait of our President? Why the hell did it take so long for someone like Hefner to bring the beauty of gods work to the masses?
Its a menu. Unless you’re from ancient aliens, then it’s a spaceship Indonesia was a Hindu/Buddhist country.Over the centuries people there have been converted to Muslims.That is why d art work of Pig. Names are from Hindus and Buddhists. Indonesia is a glaring example of how Islam can destroy d cultural,religious heritage of original inhabitants.
It's crazy how cosmology, microbiology, and all of science points to God.. Especially after new satellite proves were the center of the universe... M 45,500 years old, used a rock on a wall to draw and is still better than me 😭 I can't believe this is CNN? Orange🍊45 should not be allowed to RUN AGAIN for office, get intelligence briefs to SELL to whom? TAXPAYERS shouldn’t PAY for a pension, lifetime Secret Service ,travel, etc . ALL the LOSER should get is PRISON TIME for COVID deaths, CAGED babies, RAPE, INSURRECTION...etc.
Let me guess, it also voted for Biden?🪦 Here's some more modern ones for comparison. Perhaps a prophecy of 45 and his cult? Have to check with the nationalist prophetic evangelicals. BRB JoeMomma833 Warty pigs. That's actually about 5,500 years old I don't think a drawing on a rock can last 45,000 years
No it is not the oldest artwork.Aboriginal cave art In Australia is much older! BREAKINGS NEWS MUSEVENI HAS SUSPENDED ALL COURT'S OF LAW IN UGANDA FOR 3 MONTHS FROM NOW 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 MSA1013 ganon Show me a 45.000 year old abstract image from Indonesia and we can talk some art. Aight? Impressive find and preserved
morgfair You mean a warthog? Why were they such terrible artists? I mean, it’s not as if they didnt have the time or inclination. Is it just lack of effort, or , did the good stuff all get washed away? Sure being an early art critic was fraught with danger,but I think a bit of honesty was welcome here 😂
That pig is thiccc with three ‘c’s. There's a trap waiting for you in DC RUVfrettir SpaceForceDoD ranewsnetwork DeptofDefense StateDept realDonaldTrump SecPompeo Trump17Team Sama dengan ini Older than Mpumalanga? Figurative art work from 45,500 years is a challenge to modern day photography That's old news.
figurative 具像表現した it looks like a dermatophytosis on a buttock They predicted 'Trump' thousands of years ago! 45000 years ok? Pig 45 000 Folks got fed that night. Possibly the first Menu This was my art tutorial to humans adoptive mom That’s your guess huh Shit, I see the orange one everywhere lying with your ludicrous nublmber .the carbon dating system is a lie
So about 2,275 generations ago. Omg the protos predicted imdftri since eons ago I am Indonesian, did not think there was something like this 𝗕𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗜 𝗴𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝘆 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸 𝗶𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗮𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗜’𝗹𝗹 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿e the best expert trader maiyarova
Look closely, that's no pig, it's outgoing prez trump I've always had a soft spot in my heart for warty pigs. Its Nancy THEY DIDNT HAVE TO KILL HER... THEY WANT TO SPOIL THEIR TRANSVESTITE WIVES LETTING THEM RAPE ME... RazorbackFB Woo Pig It's also the oldest known portrait of Donald Trump. CALLING ME A HOMOSEXUAL THE SAME TIME THEY WERE TORTURING MY DAUGHTERS TO DEATH...
THIS IS NOT GOING TO END... THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT STABBING ME TO DEATH.. THEY HAVE HEINOUS MURDER CHARGES AGAINST THEM ALREADY BECAUSE OF MY DAUGHTERS WHO WERE GOOD AND PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS OF THE NATION. That’s the map of China. Bwahahahaha, it was me, I drew it, then smudged coffee over it to make it look old. Bwahahahaha!
It’s just so impossible to get your head around that kind of timescale but then the further back we go, the more I feel like it’s no time at all and everything happens at extraordinary speed and it all starts imploding in on itself. This is me sober, folks. 🤣 Wish I was alive back then. Would have rather been mauled to death by feral Warthogs in Indonesia than live one more day in this Orwellian society
great horny toads, its a warty pig! This is more your speed 🤡nn I'd tap that. They named her Kamala Сразу видно шо древние украынцы рисовали. fantastic ! Is it just me or is there a donkey off to the left? Painted by Joe Biden in the 3rd grade..... But this was 20,000 yrs old when your pig was painted... A warty pig, or an Echidna.
Do we know for sure that it's not a volcano? 🤔 there was no people on earth then , so it must had being a selfie . I see the outline of a hand on the left. I guess that would be his/her signature. 'Like. hey dude. I'm human. I made this picture. It's a political statement.' Amazing to wonder what life was like 60,000 years ago. The world must have been a paradise
Still a better drawing than I can do