By University of Melbourne April 4, Traditional Owner Ian Waina inspecting a Naturalistic painting of a kangaroo, determined to be more than 17, years old based on the age of overlying mud wasp nests. The inset is an illustration of the painting above it. Using the radiocarbon dating of 27 mud wasp nests, collected from over and under 16 similar paintings, a University of Melbourne collaboration has put the painting at 17, and 17, years old. Damien Finch who pioneered the exciting new radiocarbon technique. Published today in Nature Human Behaviour, Dr.
Kangaroo painting identified as oldest known rock art in Australia
Kangaroo painting identified as oldest known rock art in Australia | The National
Ask an Expert. Australia is blessed with many beautiful examples of Aboriginal cave paintings and engravings but what does science tell us about how old they are? What are the different methods used to date such artworks? And what are some of the challenges involved in dating them? Many people will be forgiven for thinking that Australia has some of the oldest rock art in the world, but the truth there is no reliable dating to show this. Pillans and colleague Keith Fifield have argued that rocks bearing Aboriginal engravings on the Burrup Peninsula have the potential to preserve the engravings for 50, to 60, years, but they have done no direct dating of the engravings themselves. According to archaeologist Dr Bruno David of Monash University the oldest reliably-dated rock engravings in Australia are 13, to years old, and are in Laura, Queensland.
Kangaroo painting Australia's oldest Aboriginal rock art
Description and Dating. The Kimberley region, which occupies the most northern part of Western Australia, is home to an estimated , images of Aboriginal rock art , from the Paleolithic to the Modern era. This prehistoric art includes cave painting and ancient engravings on rock faces throughout the area, dating back to the earliest time of human habitation. However, as in the case of Burrup Peninsula rock art to the west and Ubirr rock art to the east, most of Kimberley's ancient art remains uncatalogued and undated, and the little scientific dating that has occurred has failed to pinpoint any artwork that predates the Last Glacial Maximum, around 18, BCE.
A two-metre-long painting of a kangaroo in Western Australia's Kimberley region has been identified as Australia's oldest intact rock painting. Using the radiocarbon dating of 27 mud wasp nests, collected from over and under 16 similar paintings, a University of Melbourne collaboration has put the painting at 17, and 17, years old. The Kimberley-based research is part of Australia's largest rock art dating project, led by Professor Andy Gleadow from the University of Melbourne. Published today in Nature Human Behaviour, Dr Finch and his colleagues detail how rock shelters have preserved the Kimberley galleries of rock paintings, many of them painted over by younger artists, for millennia - and how they managed to date the kangaroo rock painting as Australia's oldest known in-situ painting.