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Archeologists discover thousands of ancient rock wall paintings in Amazon forest

Added 11-30-20 02:57:02pm EST - “A team of British and Colombian archaeologists has reportedly discovered tens of thousands of rock paintings in Colombia believed to have originated around 12,500 years ago.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Archeologists discover thousands of ancient rock wall paintings in Amazon forest”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A team of British and Colombian archaeologists has reportedly discovered tens of thousands of rock paintings in Colombia believed to have originated around 12,500 years ago.

Stretching across eight miles of cliff faces, the discovery has been hailed as the “Sistine Chapel of the ancients.” The immense size of the discovery means it will likely take generations to completely study, reports the Guardian.

The age of the drawings is estimated by what is depicted, such as a long-extinct relative of the elephant called the mastodon that has not been in South America for at least 12,500 years, according to the British newspaper, which added that other ancient animals such as the palaeolama, giant sloths and ice-age horses are also depicted.

The drawings, located in the Serranía de la Lindosa, an extremely remote area where other rock paintings have been discovered before, were first discovered last year, but have been kept secret until now, the Guardian noted. In order to reach the site, team members had to drive two hours out of San José del Guaviare before making a four-hour trek to the location.

“The new site is so new, they haven’t even given it a name yet,” archaeologist and documentarian Ella Al-Shamahi said, according to the Guardian.

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