Leang Tedongnge Cave is located on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. It can only be accessed during the dry season since the rest of the year it is flooded by the rains. But what makes it special is not that, but the poser that it is about cave painting of an animal oldest known to date. With at least 45,000 years old, this wild pig reveals much more for archaeologists.
The painting is about a 1: 1 scale wild pig (which is the same size as the actual size of what it represents). The finding has been presented to the world in an article published in the scientific journal Science Advances. Of course, it was discovered (by Westerners) in 2017 during investigations by a team from Griffith University in Australia.
Surprisingly well preserved
The painting in question is a wild pig from that area of Indonesia. It is 136 cm wide and 54 cm high and is believed to have actually been part of a larger painting. Next to him remains of what could be two other wild pigs have been found painted and fighting each other.
This cave painting has been particularly well preserved, thus allowing to see in great detail the characteristics of the pig such as its crest, facial gestures, horns or crest. It was painted with a dark red ocher pigment. Finally, the presence of two negative handprints stands out (when painting around the object to be represented, leaving the space of the object “blank”) painted next to the pig’s back.
To determine the age of the painting, the researchers analyzed the calcite that had been deposited on top of the painting. By a dating of uranium isotopes the painting has been determined to be at least 45,000 years old. “At least” because it is the age of the calcite deposited on top of it, the paint could be even older.
Previously, the same team of researchers also found the oldest painting so far in Sualwesi. It was a painting that represented a group of humans hunting mammals. On that occasion it was determined that the painting was about 43,900 years old.
It is the oldest? It depends on what is taken into account. Technically this wild pig is the oldest cave painting of an animal ever found. It is, without a doubt, the oldest figurative image found. Though in 2018 it was found which is believed to be the oldest known drawing to date. With more than 73,000 small lines on a piece of stone, they seem to be part of a drawing that was larger in its day.
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