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Ancient stone faces carved into the walls of a well-known limestone cave in East Timor have been discovered by a team searching for fossils of extinct giant rats.
“I shone the torch around and saw a whole panel of engraved prehistoric human faces on the wall of the cave.
The Lene Hara carvings, or petroglyphs, are frontal, stylised faces each with eyes, a nose and a mouth. One has a circular headdress with rays that frame the face.
No other petroglyphs of faces are known to exist
Pleistocene has been dated from 2.588 million (±5,000 years) to 12,000 years before present (BP)
Originally posted by squandered
reply to post by Jinglelord
Something that never escapes me... Since I saw a map showing how Australia. PNG and Indonesia were connected with grasslands in-between about 12,000 years ago there would have been quite a gathering of mixed races / cultures in the area.. and again 5000 years ago the Arafure Sea was almost all land. The tribal people in the whole area would have been mixed.
I'm not sure if Australian aboriginals ever made carvings like that though. I wonder how they dated it as 10,000 years ago. They'd have to guess. Even rock paintings can't be dated accurately.
Uranium isotope dating by colleagues at the University of Queensland revealed the ‘sun ray’ face to be around 10,000 to 12,000 years old, placing it in the late Pleistocene. The other faces could not be dated but are likely to be equally ancient.
Originally posted by TheDebunkMachine
carbon-14 dating of course
Isotope geochemistry is an aspect of geology based upon study of the relative and absolute concentrations of the elements and their isotopes in the Earth. Variations in the abundance of these isotopes, typically measured with an isotope ratio mass spectrometer or an accelerator mass spectrometer, can reveal information about the age of a rock or the source of air or water. Isotope ratios can even shed light on chemical processes in the atmosphere. Broadly, the field of isotope geochemistry is divided into two branches: stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry.
Originally posted by Jinglelord
Crud now I don't know who to reply to! Dual with pistols?
Anyway this is awesome! They remind me of some of the petroglyph's I've seen in California.I wonder if this is a collective subconscious deal or if there are some genuine clues to early migration patterns here.
I can't wait until they get some dates!
I just noticed the same posts are in different forums and one is breaking alternative news, Mods will leave both up...