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World’s Oldest Known Cave Art

World’s oldest known cave art:

Archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest known cave art — a life-sized picture of a wild pig that was painted at least 45,500 years ago in Indonesia.

  • The Sulawesi warty pig painting was found in the limestone cave of Leang Tedongnge
  • The cave painting uncovered in South Sulawesi consists of a figurative depiction of a warty pig, a wild boar that is endemic to this Indonesian island.
  • The cave is in a valley that is enclosed by steep limestone cliffs and is only accessible by a narrow cave passage in the dry season.
  • The isolated Bugis community living in this hidden valley claims it had never before been visited by Westerners.
  • The previously oldest dated rock art ‘scene’ at least 43,900 years old, was a depiction of hybrid human-animal beings hunting Sulawesi warty pigs and dwarf bovids.