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The world’s oldest abstract art

A Stone Age pebble, engraved 100,000-years-ago, may be the world’s oldest abstract art.

“Upon engraving the piece with a sharp lithic implement, it is likely to have produced a markedly bright and dark red-maroon powder,” Rifkin said. “The design may therefore have been strikingly visible shortly after it was produced.”

Ochre is a mineral-rich, naturally tinted clay that primarily consists of hydrated iron oxide. Ochre was among the earliest pigments used by humans and possibly other hominids for artistic purposes. Some even refer to it as the caveman’s “crayon.”

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Story: Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News | Photo: Riaan Rifkin

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