Rock Art Depicting Extinct Animals Is Discovered In Colombian Amazon And It’s Dated Back Around 12,000 Years – Design You Trust

Rock Art Depicting Extinct Animals Is Discovered In Colombian Amazon And It’s Dated Back Around 12,000 Years

When it feels like we know the world around us all too well, and there are few things that can surprise us, the wonders of history and nature prove us wrong. Just recently, the British-Colombian team of archaeologists led by José Iriarte announced the bombshell news.

h/t: boredpanda

Tens of thousands of cave paintings created up to 12,500 years ago were discovered in Serranía La Lindosa, in the remote Amazon rainforest. Painted across a cliff, the rock art stretches to nearly 8 miles.

According to the statement, these are drawings of deer, tapirs, alligators, bats, monkeys, turtles, serpents, and porcupines, as well as Ice Age megafauna. Among depictions, you see mastodons, camelids, ungulates with trunks, and giant sloths, and they represent the native animals that have gone extinct.

The site hailed as “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients” was discovered last year, but has since been kept secret. It was initially filmed for the Channel 4 series “Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon” that will be screened in December. The documentary’s presenter Ella Al-Shamahi said that “The new site is so new, they haven’t even given it a name yet.”

The site was discovered by an international team of British and Colombian researchers. José Iriarte, professor of archaeology at Exeter University and expert on Amazon and pre-Colombian history, commented on the discovery: “When you’re there, your emotions flow … We’re talking about several tens of thousands of paintings. It’s going to take generations to record them … Every turn you do, it’s a new wall of paintings.”

Remarkably, all the paintings turned out to be well-preserved and incredibly detailed. “The pictures are so natural and so well-made that we have few doubts that you’re looking at a horse, for example. The ice-age horse had a wild, heavy face. It’s so detailed, we can even see the horse hair. It’s fascinating.”

Iriarte also said in a statement that this ancient art serves as spectacular evidence of how humans reconstructed the land, how they lived there, hunted, farmed, and fished. “It is likely art was a powerful part of culture and a way for people to connect socially. The pictures show how people would have lived amongst giant, now extinct, animals, which they hunted,” he concluded.







If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Chinese Village Is Home To 39 Sets Of Twins
Subterranean Amusement Park Located 400 Feet Underground In A 17th Century Salt Mine
What Do You Do When Someone Travels Around The World To Copy You
“Lenin Lived, Lenin Lives, Lenin Will Live”: Lenin Statues 100 Years After Russian Revolution
Scenic Aerial View Of Terraced Fields In Guizhou, A Mountainous Province In Southwest China
Pastry Artist Bakes More ‘Pie Art’ With New Intricate And Artistic Design
The Worst Book Covers On Amazon
The Most Colorful Places On Earth
Giant Crystal Cave In Naica, Mexico - The Place Where Superman Was Born
People Believe They’ve Noticed Art References In Popular Movies, Share Side-By-Side Pics On Twitter
Ten Awe-Inspiring Routes You Need to Travel Along at Least Once in Your Life
The South China Karst
Here’s What Nefertiti And Others Would Look Like If They Were Alive Today
Giant Optical Illusion Transforms A Street In Montreal Into Wavy Sand Dunes
Here’s What Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Caligula And Others Would Look Like Today
Guy Finds Abandoned Graveyard Of Supercars In UAE
Wonderful Color Pics Document The Trailer Life Of An American Family During The 1950s
Underwater Wedding in Bora-Bora
Lifeline Concept Art Of Apex Legends, An Immaculate Battle Royale Showrunner
Girl Travels Europe with Cardboard Cutout of Late Father
Sculpted Meals So Beautiful That You'll Starve Rather Than Disturb Them
Dickens World, The Defunct Theme Park Dedicated To Live Action Re-Enactments Of Charles Dickens Novels
A Prison Themed Restaurant in China
Photographer Explores The Relationship Between Photography And Painting Through The Use Of Light