An archaeologist says he has found the Oldest piece of rock art in Australia and one of the oldest in the world: an aboriginal work created ago 28,000 years in an Outback cave.
The dating of one of thousands of images at the rock shelter known as Nawarla Gabarnmang in the Northern Territory will be published in the next edition of the Archaeological Science Journal.
Archaeologist Bryce Barker of the University of Southern Queensland said Monday that he found the rock. in june of last year but it has only been possible to date recently at the University of Waikato in New Zealand in the radiocarbon laboratory.
Say what rock art It has been made with charcoal, so radiocarbon dating could be used to determine its age. Most of the rock art is made with mineral paint, so its age cannot be accurately measured.
“It is unequivocally the oldest rock art in Australia”And one of the oldest in the world, says Barker.
The oldest known rock art is in Spain, where the figures of the hands and the red discs made by blowing paint on the wall in the cave of El Castillo have at least 40,800 years old, according to scientists who have used a technique known as uranium-thorium dating, although it is installed the debate on if they are these or those of the Chauvet cave in France.
The archaeologist of the National University of Austraia Sally may, which is not involved in the Barker investigation, describes the finding as “incredibly significant”. “I don't think it will surprise anyone that there is such ancient rock art in Australia because we know that there were people who lived here for a long period of time and there is no reason to believe that they did not produce art.", Add.
Barker says he found evidence that the cave where he found the rock art, was occupied for 45,000 years.
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