Dating of rock art in southern america

The Moab area has numerous examples of Indian rock art to enjoy.

This page briefly discusses some types, dates, the artists and their cultures and how to take care of these irreplaceable sites.

Dating rock art is a challenging process, it requires researchers to partly destroy the art to be able to analyse it.

Moreover, the elements fall against them as wind and rain, as well as plants, animal and human interference can harm the artwork.

The new method “has given us the first really solid dates for the antiquity of surviving rock shelter art in southern Africa,” lead study researcher Adelphine Bonneau, a postdoctoral researcher of archaeology at Lux Laboratory at the University of Québec in Montréal, told Live Science.

Discovered in Botswana, researchers were able to grab and analyse fragments of the ancient artwork – which includes depictions of scenes involving fish and human figures drawn on the walls of a naturally occurring rock shelter.

By collecting samples of paint, researchers were able to identify the types of carbons in the pigments and ultimately date them as more than 5,000 years old – deeming the drawings the "earliest directly dated" paintings in the region, according to the Daily Mail.

The aboriginal peoples who created this artwork have a very long history in the region.

In North America, specifically in California and the surrounding region, archaeological evidence suggests that settlement began in the Paleoindian period (approximately 12,000-8,000 YBP, or “years before present”), with the greatest use of the area occurring 2,600 to 1,000 YBP.


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