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24 April 2010
6,000-year-old cave paintings found in China

Chinese archeologists have discovered two 6,000-year-old sites with colored cave paintings and fingerprints in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The discoveries were made in two caves situated in the Yabrai Mountainous region.
     An official with the Inner Mongolia Cultural Bureau, Wang Dafang, said the fingerprints were painted with mixed dyes of ochre powder, animal blood and water. "The cave environment, the painting style and the dyes used for the paintings here are similar to European Paleolithic cave paintings," Wang noted. Changes in weather patterns, heavy rains and soil erosion have caused extensive damage to the cave murals. Wang said three other sites of Paleolithic cave paintings with fingerprints had been found in the area.

Source: PressTV (17 April 2010)

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