12,000-yr-old rock painting found in NE China

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/6/12 17:13:43

Archaeologists have confirmed that a rock painting discovered in the Lesser Khingan Mountains in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province dates back 12,000 years.

Zhao Pingchun, researcher with the provincial institute of archeology, said that several images painted with ochre were discovered on a rock in the city of Heihe. Preliminary studies show that it is a scene of humans hunting.

Zhao said that archaeologists confirmed the images of three mammoths, which means the rock paintings were made before the extinction of the mammoth, or at least 12,000 years ago.

"Ochre alone cannot be preserved on rock for such a long time. The paint is a mixture of ochre and animal glue, which has helped the artwork survive thousands of years," Zhao said, explaining how the painting lasted for so long. 


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