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Four new sets of cave paintings identified in Spain

Four new sets of cave paintings have been found in Spain through the use of 3-D laser scanning technology. The paintings, like much prehistoric artwork, had degraded so much over time that they were difficult to identify with the naked eye. To overcome this, Ontañón and his team used a 3D

Portrait of woman revealed in Herculaneum

A portable x-ray machine has been used to reveal the portrait of a young Roman woman in Herculaneum. The portable X-ray instrument was brought directly to the site at Herculaneum, where the noninvasive analysis of the mid-1st century AD painting occurred. “As far as we know, this is the first study of

100-year-old painting found in Antarctic hut

A 100-year-old watercolour painting of a dead bird linked to the Scott expedition has been found in a hut in Antarctica. The painting of a Tree Creeper was in a hut built by Norwegian explorers and later used by the Scott expedition. The image was found in a pile of papers covered

Palaeolithic cave paintings found in Spain

At least 70 cave paintings depicting animals have been found in Spain's Atxurra caves. The paintings, which include those of bison, horses and goats, were discovered by archeologist Diego Garate at a depth of 300m in the Atxurra caves, around 50km from Bilbao. The paintings are between 12,000 and 14,000 years old

Cave paintings may depict volcanic eruption

36,000-year-old spray-like paintings found in Chauvet-Pont D’Arc Cave in France may be the oldest-known depictions of a volcanic eruption. Fearsome animals such as woolly rhinoceroses, cave lions and bears dominate Chauvet’s imagery. But one of its innermost galleries — named after a giant deer species, Megaloceros, that is depicted there —

Complete Roman fresco found in France

A complete Romain fresco dating back between 20-70 B.C. has been found in Arles, France. The fresco is unique as it is one of the only full murals that has been found outside Italy - others have simply been fragments. Experts at the National Institute of Preventive Archaeological research (Inrap) compare the

Tomb paintings examined in Amphipolis

Painted figures have been found on the door frames of a 2,300-year-old tomb currently being excavated in Amphipolis. Painted human figures have been discovered at the mysterious, richly-decorated tomb in Amphipolis in northern Greece, according to a news announcement by the Greek Ministry of Culture. Found on the door frames of the

Byzantine monks used asbestos beneath wall paintings

Byzantine monks used asbestos in the plaster coatings underneath their wall paintings, hundreds of years before the material became ubiquitous in construction. Asbestos is a type of natural, rock-forming mineral known for its ability to separate into long, flexible fibers. It has long been thought that asbestos fibers, which are corrosion-