Experts find 13 kilometers of ancient painting in the interior of the Amazon



KOMPAS.com – A 8-mile painting filled with images of Ice Age mastodons, giant sloths, and other beasts has been found in the Amazon rainforest.

As quoted from Live ScienceResearchers say on Sunday (12/6/2020) that indigenous people likely started painting pictures at the Serranía La Lindosa archaeological site, on the northern edge of the Colombian Amazon, towards the end of the last Ice Age, about 12,600 to 11,800 years ago.

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Ancient art was drawn with ocher, a red pigment often used as paint in ancient times.

“This is truly an extraordinary image, produced by the first humans to live in the western Amazon,” said Mark Robinson, an archaeologist at the University of Exeter.

In addition to drawing animals, people at the time also painted people who were hunting, interacting with plants, trees, and other creatures on the savannah.

Many of South America’s large animals became extinct at the end of the last Ice Age, possibly due to a combination of human hunting and climate change.

Therefore, the new findings could shed more light on the extinct species, especially those that lived in ice ages.

The site where the painting was found also reveals that it is the earliest human inhabited site on the Amazon.

So, in a sense, the paintings and websites offer clues to the diet of early collector hunters.

For example, bones and plant debris indicate that the menu at the time included palms, rodents and some reptiles such as snakes.

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Researchers excavated the site of Serranía La Lindosa themselves in 2017 and 2018, following a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC, a guerrilla rebel group.

The excavation project, known as LastJourney, aims to find out when people first settled in the Amazon and what impact their farming and hunting had on the region’s biodiversity.

The findings have been published in the journal Quaternary International.


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