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8 January 2012
Ancient cave paintings found in Peru

The president of the Cave Art Peruvian Association, Gori Echevarria reported the finding of cave paintings depicting humans, animals and geometric figures (circa 8-12,000 years old) in the province of Churcampa, located in the Peru's central Huancavelica region.
     Echevarria said six cave paintings were identified in a 20-meter stone wall which depict humans in hunting positions. The cave is located at some 3,200 meters above sea level in Torongana mountain.
     The 'Quilcas', which is the native name for this art form, are painted in red, white and black and are believed to be at least 8 to 12,000 years old, the archaeologist said. "This finding confirms the great cognitive development of ancient Peru and establishes a reference its pictorial tradition. Most important is the variation and extension of the motifs and scenes," he added.

Edited from Andina (29 December 2011)

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