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Archaeologists discover 100,000-year-old art studio
From:Xinhua News  Writer:  Date:2011-10-15

 

Archaeologists announced Friday the discovery of the oldest art studio ever found in the world.

The finding was contained in a study published in the American journal Science.

The prehistoric workshop was found in a tiny cave by the edge of the Indian Ocean about 180 miles east of Cape Town, South Africa.

By using the technique of radioactive isotopes dating, the archaeologists calculated the studio has been some 100,000 years old.

In the cave, the archaeologists found two shells full of pigment, which was made from ochre, a kind of grindable stone rich in iron compounds that usually give the ancient paints red or yellow hues.

The finding also included some of the earliest sharp stone tools, as well as evidence of fishing.

"In general we find pigment, but you never find the container with the residue. We were able to study microscopically all the elements in the recipe," said study coauthor Francesco d'Errico, an archaeologist at the University of Bordeaux in France.

 

 
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