Archaeologists claim to have found oldest cave painting, featuring human-like figures

Archeologists have found in what they claim to be the world’s oldest recorded cave painting. The painting was found on the Indonesian island Sulawesi, and is thought to be older than 44,000 years.

The painting depicts a representation of pig and buffalo hunting by early humans, which is thought to be the oldest depiction of figurative artwork and storytelling.


This hunting scene is—to our knowledge—currently the oldest pictorial record of storytelling and the earliest figurative artwork in the world.

The painting is on a 4.5-meter panel having human-like creatures hunting animal species. The humans in the scene seem to be half humans and half animals making it intriguing to researchers.

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    I’ve never seen anything like this before. I mean, we’ve seen hundreds of rock art sites in this region, but we’ve never seen anything like a hunting scene,” says Adam Brumm, an archaeologist at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, whose team describes the finding in Nature on 11 December 1.

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