Archaeologists have discovered in the cave Blombos (South Africa), perhaps the most ancient figure in the world, whose age is over 70,000 years old. This is more than 30,000 years older than the former “champion” – coal seal and seal seals found in Spain.
The figure was made with red ocher on a small piece of natural concrete – a cemented mixture of sand and gravel measuring 38 x 12 x 15 mm. It consists of six parallel vertical lines, which are intersected by three curved horizontal lines. According to scientists, this is a breakaway fragment of a much larger picture.
To understand the technique of the ancient painter, the researchers tried to recreate it in the laboratory. They managed to establish the material that was applied to the drawing (ocher) and found out the diameter of the pencil – from 1.3 to 3.3 mm.
From the point of view of modern painting, the cave pattern is very primitive. However, it represents a genuine interest for science, along with several dozen other artifacts found in the Blombos Cave. Moreover, it is also one of the most “young” – the age of some other finds (beads from shells, tools) is approaching 100,000 years.js.src = “&version=v2.8”; 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));