Ear­li­est art in Bor­neo

The Cairns Post - - WORLD -

AUS­TRALIAN and In­done­sian re­searchers have found the world’s old­est-known fig­u­ra­tive paint­ing in a cave on the In­done­sian is­land of Bor­neo.

The red­dish-orange draw­ing of an un­recog­nis­able an­i­mal is at least 40,000 years old, ac­cord­ing to the study led by Maxime Au­bert from Gold Coast’s Grif­fith Univer­sity.

The find­ing, pub­lished in Na­ture on Wed­nes­day, adds to the view that cave art did not arise in Europe, as long be­lieved, and “ice age” artists in south­east Asia were key to its growth.

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