A research team lead by archeologist Maxime Aubert from Griffith University, and the Indonesian National Archaeological Research Centre, has discovered a 45,500-year-old rock painting of pigs in Indonesia.
The team published their findings in Science Advances journal, and it’s now also the oldest-known art depicting real and recognisable objects. Which really makes you think, ‘It’s almost like this sort of thing shouldn’t be blown up with dynamite.’
The three pigs can be found inside a cave in Indonesia, and while two of them are worse for wear, one is in its entirety and accompanied by two hands, which we suppose was an early form of signing your work, just in case scientists arrived thousands of years into the future and thought ‘Well, because we can’t see any homo sapien hands, we can only deduce that at one point monkeys were able to author these paintings and therefore probably had some kind of amazing monkey city nearby full of fruit shops and monkey theatres.’
Cave paintings are important because they help us piece together the movements of early humans and give us insight into what life was life before all of human history had been captured on a smart phone.
We can’t know if the pigs posed for long in a dramatic fashion a la Rose on the Titanic, or whether this was the world’s oldest prank where they got their friend to lie down for a small while and made them promise they wouldn’t look at the cave wall until it was done.
Either way, looks like these little piggies are going wee wee wee into the history books.