World’s oldest drawing found in cave looks like a hashtag
September 13, 2018 | Science & Tech | No Comments|
It looks a bit like a hashtag, but it’s 73,000 years old. And scientists say this tiny sketch found in a South African cave is the oldest known drawing.
It’s not the earliest deliberate design; some abstract engravings are far older. But the drawing shows early humans in southern Africa could produce designs on various surfaces with different techniques.
The collection of crisscrossed lines was found in the Blombos Cave about 190 miles east of Cape Town. It is at least 30,000 years older than any other known drawing, researchers say in a report released Wednesday by the journal Nature.