Ancient Cave Art Unearthed: Where Did Mexico’s 5,000 Paintings Come From?
Ancient cave art, unearthed in northeastern Mexico, lets archaeologists glimpse what life was like in the area around the Sierra de San Carlos before Spanish rule.
According to researchers, the almost 5,000 cave paintings, made from red, yellow, white and black pigments, show animals, like deer and centipedes, people, tents, hunting, fishing, and astronomical charts, Live Science reports.
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The ancient cave art, unearthed in 2006 but not studied until two years ago, are from pre-Hispanic groups in the area, which anthropologists originally believed no one inhabited. Scientists will be able to more accurately date the ancient cave art once they've had a chance to study them in more detail.
"We have not found any ancient objects linked to the context, and because the paintings are on ravine walls and in the rainy season the sediments are washed away, all we have is gravel," Gustavo Ramirez, an archaeologist with the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology, told Live Science.
Still, with more analysis, the ancient cave art unearthed at 11 sites in Mexico will teach researchers a lot about the people who lived there.
This isn't the first awesome discovery of ancient peoples to make headlines this year. In April, archaeologists in Indonesia found the 3,000 year old remains of 66 people. The ancient cemetery, discovered in a cave in Sumatra and known as Tiger Cave, belonged to Indonesia's first farmers, at a time when the earth's entire population was just 50 million, Discovery reports.
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