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the calcite deposits are scraped away, using a knife or a drill, until the pigment just begins to appear beneath it. "That does two things," Pike explained. "It means we stop before we damage the painting, and secondly it proves to us and our audience that these things are directly above the art itself."
The scientists can thus be confident that the age they get will be the minimum age for the artwork.
Originally posted by St Udio
in a previous lifetime i was an apprentice to a shaman, did some cave art because i had a natural gift of 'seeing' in the dark cave lack of light emvironment
Originally posted by Druid42
40,800 ya is a very interesting number. It points that we at least had artistic talent, being hunter gatherers at the time.
I'm thinking about doing a thread on all the ancient historical anomalies. Thanks for the thread!
Evidence of early humans living on the coast in South Africa, harvesting food from the sea, employing complex bladelet tools and using red pigments in symbolic behavior 164,000 years ago