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Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, October 2014
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Title
Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia
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Nature, October 2014
DOI 10.1038/nature13422
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M. Aubert, A. Brumm, M. Ramli, T. Sutikna, E. W. Saptomo, B. Hakim, M. J. Morwood, G. D. van den Bergh, L. Kinsley, A. Dosseto

Abstract

Archaeologists have long been puzzled by the appearance in Europe ∼40-35 thousand years (kyr) ago of a rich corpus of sophisticated artworks, including parietal art (that is, paintings, drawings and engravings on immobile rock surfaces) and portable art (for example, carved figurines), and the absence or scarcity of equivalent, well-dated evidence elsewhere, especially along early human migration routes in South Asia and the Far East, including Wallacea and Australia, where modern humans (Homo sapiens) were established by 50 kyr ago. Here, using uranium-series dating of coralloid speleothems directly associated with 12 human hand stencils and two figurative animal depictions from seven cave sites in the Maros karsts of Sulawesi, we show that rock art traditions on this Indonesian island are at least compatible in age with the oldest European art. The earliest dated image from Maros, with a minimum age of 39.9 kyr, is now the oldest known hand stencil in the world. In addition, a painting of a babirusa ('pig-deer') made at least 35.4 kyr ago is among the earliest dated figurative depictions worldwide, if not the earliest one. Among the implications, it can now be demonstrated that humans were producing rock art by ∼40 kyr ago at opposite ends of the Pleistocene Eurasian world.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 5 1%
United States 4 <1%
Indonesia 2 <1%
France 2 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Taiwan 1 <1%
Argentina 1 <1%
Romania 1 <1%
Other 5 1%
Unknown 417 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 92 21%
Researcher 74 17%
Student > Bachelor 56 13%
Student > Master 49 11%
Professor 25 6%
Other 89 20%
Unknown 56 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Arts and Humanities 88 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 73 17%
Social Sciences 43 10%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 32 7%
Environmental Science 21 5%
Other 100 23%
Unknown 84 19%

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