The history of cave paintings can be a difficult path to follow. Stating the ages of the paintings has always been an issue. The most common method to know that information is through radiocarbon dating, however, it can also produce misleading results if it is contaminated by other material.
That taken apart, it is still a common method to study the age of cave paintings. Research has shown that the oldest cave painting is the one located in Maltravieso Cave in Cáceres Spain. It dates back to 67,000 years ago and it depicts a red hand! When talking about animal cave paintings, the oldest one can be found in Timpuseng cave in Sulawesi (Indonesian island), and it depicts a pig!
Regarding figurative cave paintings, the earliest ones can be found in Chauvet Cave in France, dating back to 30,000 years ago. Care to know what they look like? Well, solve the following jigsaw puzzle
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