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Earliest rock art dates back 37,000 years

Engravings found at Abri Castanet in France has been dated back 37,000 years, making it the earliest known wall art.

The 1.5 metric ton ceiling piece was first discovered in 2007 at Abri Castanet, a well known archeological site in southwestern France which holds some of the earliest forms of artwork, beads and pierced shells.

According to New York University anthropology professor Randall White, lead author of the paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the art was likely meant to adorn the interior of a shelter for reindeer hunters.

“They decorated the places where they were living, where they were doing all their daily activities,” White told AFP.

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Story: Jean-Louis Santini, AFP | Photo: Patrick Bernard, AFP

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