Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Antique Paint Shop Since The Dawn Of Humanity Is In A Cave In Africa

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, lies the beautiful Blombos Cave in South Africa. This is where archaeologists discovered the red and yellow shell and containers that could be used as paint cans - about 100,000 every year! This extraordinary find evidence of people to think in a modern way hundreds of thousands of years ago.

The cave, a splendid view is to be opened, when its inhabitants, who could make an artist out of any predator. Ancient painters who lived in the cave was pounding and grinding stones colored dirt enriched with a kind of iron oxide and animal bones and charcoal, ocher powder. Traces of the compound was found to amount and shells, where the mixture was carried out, we all packed in a cave only in the remaining 100 thousand. Perhaps the artist completed his masterpiece, and decided it was time to go, but in any case, he left behind Time Capsule is an invaluable archaeologists to study.

They could see was the oldest previous evidence tan paint found elsewhere in South Africa, dated about 60,000 years. What is important to realize ocher paint, is that you can better understand the meaning of human evolution. For the manufacture of paint, it's makers have understood the basic chemistry, for a number of ingredients to be placed in the proper order and proportions of the painting to work, stick to the wall of the cavity surface for example. This mixture willful "means that people at that time, complex cognition," says Lyn Wadley, an archaeologist at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Ancient people are more sophisticated than previously believed

These tools are 100,000 years old, much older than any other similar finding, which implies that our ancestors were more intelligent than the history books to give them credit for. Blombos Cave is showing signs of being inhabited by human beings since 130,000 years ago, but remains rather archaeologists found in 2008, two tool boxes in an opening is covered with sand. Ochre comes in the colors of Mellow Yellow to red furious, and whoever does the old paint had a thing for red. Researchers at the University of Bordeaux in France, found that the tan was the most brilliant red, after analysis and dating of the material. Assumed the role of symbolic red ocher, the researchers believe comes from the large amount of matter found predominantly red in a number of African sites as old as 160,000 years.

Other treasures were found in Blombos first among the 49 beads coated with ocher and large pieces of ocher engraved cross-hatch patterns that date to 77,000 years ago - widely recognized as the oldest known art. The study was published in the latest issue of Science magazine.

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