Dating of rock art in southern america
The Chauvet Cave in southern France contains some of earliest known prehistoric cave paintings in the world.
Based on radiocarbon dating the oldest paintings in the cave may be up to 32,000 years old.
Advanced techniques such as the use of perspective is clearly demonstrated in the ‘panel of horses’ which shows several animals on the same plane.
Located in the Northern Territory of Australia, Kakadu National Park contains one of the greatest concentrations of Aboriginal art sites in Australia.
The Serra da Capivara National Park in northeast Brazil is home to numerous rock shelters that are decorated with cave paintings.
The paintings include scenes of rituals and hunting, trees and animals capivaras.
Like all great art they provide an insight into the way that people thought, even though it was tens of thousands of years ago.
Approximately 5000 art sites have been discovered in Kakadu along the escarpment and on rock outliers.
The Aboriginal painting are estimated to range in age from 20,000 years to the recent present although most of the paintings are less than 1500 years old.
Most of the hands are left hands, which suggests that painters held a spraying pipe with their right hand.
The paintings are thought to have been created between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago.