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Petroglyphs In Nevada Are The Oldest In North America
2013-08-14 04:56:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Petroglyphs cut into boulders in at the Winnemucca Lake site in western Nevada have been identified as the oldest known rock engravings in North America, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) report in a new study. High-tech analysis conducted by CU-Boulder adjunct curator of anthropology Larry Benson and his colleagues has revealed that the petroglyphs, which are cut into several boulders at a location...

Rock Art Provides Insight Into Prehistoric Native American Societies
2013-06-20 05:46:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Perhaps the most widespread and oldest art in the US, prehistoric rock art can be found throughout the Appalachian Mountains. A new study led by University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) anthropology professor Jan Simek reveals that each engraving or drawing is strategically placed to reveal a cosmological puzzle. As the discoveries of prehistoric rock art have become more commonplace, the evidence is building that all of the drawings...

Archaeologists Discover Several Thousand Ancient Cave Paintings In Mexico
2013-05-23 15:29:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Archaeologists have discovered several thousand paintings in caves and ravines of the Sierra de San Carlos, Municipality of Burgos, Tamaulipas. The 4,926 paintings found were made by at least three groups of hunter-gatherers in the region. The paintings are anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, astronomical and abstract. Archaeologist Gustavo Ramirez, who led the team, said the paintings are important because it documents the presence of...

Cavemen Drew Animals Better Than Modern Artists
2012-12-06 16:18:40

Public Library of Science Animal gait was depicted more accurately in cave paintings than in modern art Prehistoric artists were better at portraying the walk of four-legged animals in their art than modern man, according to new research published December 5 in the open access journal PLoS ONE by Gabor Horvath and colleagues from Eotvos University (Budapest), Hungary. Most quadrupeds have a similar sequence in which they move each limb as they walk, trot or run, and this sequence was...

Aboriginal Rock Drawing Found To Be Australia's Oldest
2012-06-18 12:11:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Archeologists have just uncovered the oldest known Australian rock drawing, prompting experts to speculate that the earliest aboriginal groups were fairly advanced for their time. A report to be published in the next edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science describes how the research team, led by University of Southern Queensland professor Bryce Barker, stumbled upon the rock art that dates back around 28,000 years. While sifting through soil...

Anthropologists Discover World’s Earliest Known Wall Art
2012-05-15 06:03:03

Numerous engraved and painted images of female sex organs, animals and geometric figures discovered in southern France are believed to be the world´s earliest known cave art. Radiocarbon dating of the engravings, found on a 1.5 metric ton block of limestone in Chauvet Cave in southeastern France, revealed that the art was created some 37,000 years ago. The cave resides near the areas of Abri Castanet and Abri Blanchard - where some of the oldest examples of mankind living in...

DNA Study Sheds Light On Ancient Cave Paintings Of Horses
2011-11-08 06:28:45

Ancient cave painters were realists rather than dreamers, at least when it came to depicting horses, according to an analysis of pre-historic horse DNA.  Humans began painting curious creatures -- white horses with black spots -- on the walls of European caves about 25,000 years ago. These horses, while popular breeds today, were thought not to exist before humans domesticated the species about 5000 years ago, leading scientists to wonder how much imagination went into the...

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2011-04-25 11:30:00

Known today for its bloody conflicts and instability, Somalia's little known history can be found in the colorful cave paintings of animals and humans discovered in 2002 by a French archaeology team. Laas Gaal, Somalia (also known as Laas Geel), just outside of Haregeisa, the capital of Somalia's self-declared Somaliland state, contains 10 caves that show vivid depictions of a pastoralist history which dates back to some 5,000 years or more, reports AFP. A French archaeology team was sent in...

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2010-06-30 05:45:00

Austrian and British researchers, who are working to understand ancient rock engravings from the Copper Age found in many hidden locations throughout Europe, said the displays may have been prehistoric man's primitive version of cinema. The visual displays indicate the artwork was more than simple images, the researchers from Cambridge University and Sankt Poelten's university of applied sciences (FH) in Austria believe. "The cliff engravings... in our opinion are not just pictures but are...

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2010-03-26 13:50:00

This question isn't new, but for years anthropologists, archaeologists and historians of art understood these artistic manifestations as purely aesthetic and decorative motives. Eduardo Palacio-P©rez, researcher at the University of Cantabria (UC), now reveals the origins of a theory that remains nowadays/lasts into our days. "This theory is does not originate with the prehistorians, in other words, those who started to develop the idea that the art of primitive peoples was linked...