Image prints of palms around 40,000 years old on the walls of a cave in Maros, South Sulawesi prove that Indonesia is the birthplace of the first works of art in the world and not in Europe, as is believed so far.
In addition to the painting of the palm, a picture of a pig-deer, an animal that only exists on the mainland of Sulawesi, is also found in the same cave. The painting is around 35,000 years old.
The findings were published in the October 9, 2014 issue of Nature, by Indonesian and Australian researchers. According to scientists, their findings challenged two theories about the expression of human art.
The first theory which states that art originated in Western Europe because ancient paintings in caves were only found in that region.
Second, about whether art developed independently but continuously in various places in the world or was first brought … Read More