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Indonesian cave paintings almost as old as first European art

Cave in Sulawesi.
Cave in Sulawesi. Image by Benjuni / CC BY-SA 2.0

Hand stencils on cave walls in Sulawesi have been found to be at least 35,000 years old, challenging the long-held view that human creativity centered on Western Europe about 40,000 years ago. Originally dismissed as being younger than 10,000 years old when discovered in the 1950s, the artworks were reanalysed by a team of researchers from Australia and Indonesia. Read more: theguardian.com