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World’s oldest figurative cave painting depicts ancient hunting scene

World’s oldest figurative cave painting depicts ancient hunting scene

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Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Artistic expression is a vital part of the human story, and it's a story that began at least 44,000 years ago. The discovery of an ancient cave painting on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has pushed the origins of figurative cave painting back further than ever before. The painting was first discovered by Hamrullah, an Indonesian spelunker and archaeologist, while working on a government survey in 2017. After noticing a hole in the ceiling at a cement plant where the survey was being conducted, Hamrullah clambered up a wall, through the opening and shimmied up a tunnel to discover a cave decorated in ancient pigments. The painting discovered by Hamrullah -- and since surveyed by an international team of archaeologists -- is described this week in a new paper published ...