Worlds Oldest Cave Painting


Parker Bazaz, Editor

The worlds oldest cave painting was found on the island of Sulawesi by doctoral student Basran Burham when his team was carrying out a survey with Indonesian authorities. The painting is of a pig measuring 53 inches by 21 inches, and suggest that 45,500 years ago there was human settlement. It was made with dark red ochre pigment. Cave paintings like this help fill in gaps about our understanding of early human migrations. The Leang Tedongnge cave is located in a valley enclosed by sheer limestone cliffs. It is only accessible during the dry season due to flooding. Another painting like this was found in another cave. It was found by Adhi Agus Oktavhiana, a graduate student at Griffith University. The paintings bring up the debate 0ver whether the artists could have been Homo sapiens, or members of another extinct human species.