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Central Europe’s oldest painting

The oldest evidence of human painting ever fuond in Central Europe has been discovered in the Hohle Fels cave in Germany.

Archeologists discovered the four stones in the Hohle Fels cave near the town of Schelklingen near the southern German city of Ulm. They are around 15,000 years old, according to Tübingen University archeologist Nicholas Conard, and are the first evidence that humans were already painting in Central Europe by the late Paleolithic Age.

“These spots are anything but accidental. It is quite clear they have relevant content,” said Conard. They might have a religious significance, or they might be a form of ice age menstruation calendar — one point for each day. “But ultimately, you have to be humble and admit, we just don’t know,” Conard added.

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Story: Spiegel.de | Photo: DPA

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