Hash­tag-like draw­ing dated 73 000 years old

Cape Argus - - WORLD -

SCI­EN­TISTS work­ing in a South African cave have dis­cov­ered the world’s old­est known draw­ing, a sketch that re­sem­bles a hash­tag.

It is not the ear­li­est de­lib­er­ate de­sign, how­ever; some ab­stract en­grav­ings are far older.

But re­searchers say it shows how early hu­mans in south­ern Africa could pro­duce de­signs on var­i­ous sur­faces with var­i­ous tech­niques.

The col­lec­tion of criss-crossed lines was found east of Cape Town.

It is thought to be around 73 000 years old.

Re­searchers said it is at least 30 000 years older than any other known draw­ing.

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