Indonesian prehistoric archaeological discoveries


This December 2014 video says about itself:

Did Humans Make These Ancient Cave Paintings? Or was it Neanderthals? This question and others tantalize researchers investigating early paintings in some of Europe’s caves. The paintings date back to a time when Neanderthals and early modern humans lived side by side.

By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer:

66 Ancient Skeletons Found in Indonesian Cave

Date: 22 April 2013 Time: 12:55 PM ET

Talk about your archaeological jackpots: Researchers in Indonesia have reportedly discovered the 3,000-year-old remains of 66 people in a cave in Sumatra.

“Sixty-six is very strange,” Truman Simanjuntak of Jakarta’s National Research and Development Center for Archaeology said in a statement. He and his colleagues have never before found that many remains in a single cave, Simanjuntak added.

The cave is known as Harimaru or Tiger Cave, and also contains chicken, dog and pig remains. Thousands of years ago, the Tiger Cave and other limestone caverns nearby were occupied by Indonesia’s first farmers. They used the caves to bury their dead, explaining the 3,000-year-old cemetery unearthed by Simanjuntak’s team. The ancient farmers also manufactured tools in the caves.

And they apparently made art. Tiger Cave contains the first evidence of rock art from Sumatra, Simanjuntak said. And the cave is only partially excavated.

“There are still occupation traces deeper and deeper in the cave, where we have not excavated yet,” he said. “So it means the cave is very promising.”

The dates of the discoveries so far peg the cave’s occupation to a time when the Earth’s entire population was only about 50 million. The Zhou dynasty ruled China, and ancient Egypt’s prosperous New Kingdom era, during which Tutankamun reigned, was nearing its end. Though a first for Sumatra, the newly discovered rock art is brand-new by archaeological standards: The oldest rock art known is found in France and dates back 37,000 years.

Hands Across Time: Exploring the Rock Art of Borneo: here.

Prehistoric rock art, including scratchings of a half-man/half-lizard, has been found in the province of Papua Barat, Indonesia.

Lene Hara Cave (Timor) and other rock art: here.

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