Cave Art Just Got Older

The cave art in Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, France just got older . Accordingly to latest research and the newest carbon dating it appears that the drawings are 10 000 years older than previously thought .


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Accordingly to the previous researches made the wall art has been considered to be created around 25 000 -27 000 B.C.

A long term study by an international researchers team, however suggests that the wall paintings are approximately 10 000 year older than previously considered . The team has published their paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy Science where they’ve described their studies . By analyzing the data collected the researchers were able to create a time-line . This time-line proved the cave has been inhabited several times by early humans . The fist inhabitants of the cave had lived there around 37 000 years ago . Then for couple of thousands of years the cave was a home to bears . Then again around 31 000 years ago cavern has been inhabited by humans .

The study took 15 years . During the process the researchers had used carbon dating on over 250 object found in the cave . They've examined objects like materials used for drawing and bones from different animals .

Thanks to the research the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc now can be crowned as the holder of the oldest known cave art in the world .visionary cave art

The cave itself contains hundreds of animal paintings on over 13 species both herbivores  and predators . Some of the images are showing strange human-animal hybrids . Accordingly to some theories these painting represents a visionary art . It is likely these cave paintings are drawn by shamans expressing their visions . Some suggest these visionary paintings are the evidences of usage of mind altering herbs . The similarity between the images in Chauvet-Pont d’Arc and the images found in dozens of other caves around the world suggests the same source of inspiration . The strange thing about it is that these drawings are distant both in the time and space . No one knows for sure the exact answer of that conundrum . The theory of usage of consciousness altering herbs and plants  , and the involvement of shamanism however seems pretty likely .

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