Thursday, October 9, 2014
Indonesian Cave Art, 39,000 Years Old
have been dated to 39,000 years ago, as old as the oldest cave art in Europe. But I'm not sure why people are making such a big deal out of it. Humans have been making art for at least 75,000 years, and the genetic evidence shows lots of contact across Eurasia. The notion that art (or figurative art, anyway) was invented in 37,000 BCE always struck me as silly; given how little survives from that long ago, what are the odds that we would still have the first works of art? Plus art seems to be a human universal, which means it pretty much has to be as old as our species.