Monday, January 11, 2016
In 2014 Maxime Aubert, a Canadian geochemist and archaeologist, used a technique he developed to date a painting of a babirusa or pig-deer, once common in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
He found it to be at least 35,400 years old. It’s among more than a dozen other dated cave paintings on Sulawesi that now rival the earliest cave art in Spain and France, long believed to be the oldest on earth. The hand markings and animal paintings in the Sulawesi caves are much older than thought, pushing back the probable date for origin of art.