World's Oldest Known Cave Painting Discovered in Indonesia

Originally published at: https://brian.carnell.com/articles/2021/worlds-oldest-known-cave-painting-discovered-in-indonesia/

Archeologists have discovered a cave painting of a wild pig in Indonesia that is at least 45,500 years old. Note also the presence of hand stencils around the image of the pig. Indonesian Cave Painting of Wild Pig Indonesia harbors some of the oldest known surviving cave art. Previously, the earliest dated rock art from this region was a figurative painting of a Sulawesi warty pig (Sus celebensis). This image from Leang Bulu’ Sipong 4 in the limestone karsts of Maros-Pangkep, South Sulawesi, was created at least 43,900 years ago (43.9 ka) based on Uranium-series dating. Here, we report the Uranium-series dating of two figurative cave paintings of Sulawesi warty pigs recently discovered in the same karst area. The oldest, with a minimum age of 45.5 ka, is from Leang Tedongnge. The second image, from Leang Balangajia 1, dates to at least 32 ka. To our knowledge, the animal painting…