Stencils shown to be 40,000 years old!

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h1A group people exploring a cave on an Indonesian island have made a very exciting discovery.

Australians and Indonesian archaeologists  stumbled across an extraordinary piece of artwork: there was an ancient sketching of a pig-deer and twelve handprints.

They took some pictures for BBC Newsround and Sky News, they found out that the amazing hand prints were made with spray paint!

Located in the caves of the Maros region of the island, the paintings were first discovered in the 1950s. From human hand stencils to large paintings of native animals, the Maros cave art appears in 90 different sites.

For decades, the only evidence of ancient art was in Spain and southern France. It was wrongly assumed that the creative explosion that led to the art and science we know today began in Europe.

The painting of a “pig-deer” was created at least 35,400 years ago and one hand stencil is estimated to be around 40,000 years old, making it the oldest known hand stencil in the world!


Charlie, Year 6

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy

One Response to Stencils shown to be 40,000 years old!

  1. admin December 2, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Very fascinating! You’ve used great writing techniques.

    Sophie & India
    QEGS Alford
    Year 7