Aboriginal rock art found in remote Australia has been dated at 28, years old, experts said Monday, prompting new speculation that indigenous communities were among the world's most advanced. Archaeologists picked up the fragment in inaccessible wilderness in Arnhem Land in the country's north a year ago, and recent carbon dating of its charcoal drawing has placed it among some of the oldest art on the planet. Barker said given it was one of the oldest known pieces of rock art on earth, it showed that Aboriginal people were responsible for some of the earliest examples. Barker said the find ranks among rock art sites such as France's Chauvet caves dated at older than 30, years and caves in northern Spain now thought to be 40, years old.
Mud Wasps Help To Put Date On Ancient Aboriginal Rock Art
Archaeologists Can Finally Date Aboriginal Rock Art
PHOTO: ansto. The technology was tested on a set of rock art sites in western Arnhem Land. According to Jones, the dating also shows that the art was created over a long period, suggesting that the art style was popular for thousands of years, and developed very little over that period of time. The best part? The technology can be used to date some of the oldest known art styles in Australia, giving us a much better picture of the history of human occupation on the continent.
Sydney rock engravings
A group of scientists, researchers and traditional owners is on the cusp of reshaping Australian history, with experts hoping that Aboriginal rock art in Western Australia may prove to be up to 50, years old, putting it among the oldest cultural expressions in the world. Initial results of pioneering Australian research have the potential to drastically alter the perceived flow of global artistic development after University of Melbourne scientists achieved a world first in dating methods on cave and rock paintings in the remote Kimberley region, which has one of the largest surviving bodies of rock art on the planet. Researchers Nick Sundblom, Helen Green and Jordy Grinpukel remove tiny mineral accretions from a rock art panel motif in the Kimberley. Courtesy of Kimberley Foundation Australia. Credit: Sven Ouzman.
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