Outside of Blombos Cave in the southern Cape in South Africa. Image: Magnus Haaland
Abstract drawing found from 73,000 years ago - ancient history science news

Archaeologists have made a spectacular discovery in the Blombos Cave in South Africa: an abstract drawing made by humans 73,000 years ago. This drawing predates any other drawing found in Europe, Asia, and Africa by as much as 30,000 years. It consists of three red lines cross-hatched with six separate lines, made with an ochre crayon, with a tip of between one and three millimeters thick. In the same archaeological layer in the cave were other objects, such as shell beads covered with ochre, and pieces of ochres engraved with abstract patterns, some of which looked like the drawing. These findings show that Homo sapiens used different techniques and materials to express symbolic thinking.

Read the full story: University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg
Scientific publication: Nature