Dating cave paintings

28 Mar

“When you stand in front of cave paintings, it doesn’t matter who made it,” Hoffmann says.“It’s just the fact that it’s there for over 60,000 years.One theory goes that Neanderthals developed their rudimentary culture only after early modern humans arrived in Europe some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago.

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But even though Neanderthals used pigments and decorated themselves with eagle claws and shells, there was no clear proof that they painted caves.

The Magura Cave is one of the largest caves in Bulgaria located in the northwest part of the country.

The cave walls are decorated by prehistoric cave paintings dating back about 8000 to 4000 years ago.

More than 700 drawings have been discovered on the cave walls.

They are painted with bat guano (bat excrement) and represent hunting and dancing people as well as a large variety of animals.