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Palaeolithic cave paintings found in Spain

At least 70 cave paintings depicting animals have been found in Spain's Atxurra caves. The paintings, which include those of bison, horses and goats, were discovered by archeologist Diego Garate at a depth of 300m in the Atxurra caves, around 50km from Bilbao. The paintings are between 12,000 and 14,000 years old

Cave paintings may depict volcanic eruption

36,000-year-old spray-like paintings found in Chauvet-Pont D’Arc Cave in France may be the oldest-known depictions of a volcanic eruption. Fearsome animals such as woolly rhinoceroses, cave lions and bears dominate Chauvet’s imagery. But one of its innermost galleries — named after a giant deer species, Megaloceros, that is depicted there —

Complete Roman fresco found in France

A complete Romain fresco dating back between 20-70 B.C. has been found in Arles, France. The fresco is unique as it is one of the only full murals that has been found outside Italy - others have simply been fragments. Experts at the National Institute of Preventive Archaeological research (Inrap) compare the

Marble dolphin statue found in Israel

A marble statue depicting a dolphin gripping a fish in its jaws has been unearthed in northern Negev. Hewn from marble, the 2,000-or-so-year-old statuette surfaced during archaeological excavations near Kibbutz Magen, bordering the Gaza Strip, in March of this year. The discovery of the dolphin statue amid the ruins of a late

12,300-year-old pendants found in Alaska

Researchers working in Alaska have uncovered a pair of 12,300-year-old pendants that may be some of the first examples of artwork in North America. “We think it might be a pendant, an ornament, maybe worn near the face,” Potter said. And what might they mean? “Art serves as a way to fix social

Terracotta army modeled on real soldiers

New research suggests that the 7,000 soldiers that make up China's famous Terracotta Army may each have been individually modeled off of a real soldier. "If a thief presses an ear against a door or a windowpane, that can be as effective as a fingerprint," says team member and UCL archaeologist

Decorative murals found in Chinese tomb

A 1,000-year-old tomb, complete with decorate murals depicting daily life in the area, has been found in northern China. Found not far from a modern day railway station, the circular tomb has no human remains but instead has murals which show vivid scenes of life. "The tomb murals mainly depict the

World’s oldest art identified in Indonesian cave

Ancient cave art found in a cave in the 1950s on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has undergone uranium-thorium dating, revealing that the art was made 40,000 years ago. The researchers dated 12 stencils of human hands and two images of large animals. Because they sampled the top layer of calcium

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