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Exciting Painting Unearthed

By Joie Maccarone     Oct 11, 2007 in Science
Art lovers will be thrilled to learn that archaeologist have recently unearthed an ancient painting which closely resembles modern day art. If you zoom in at the picture you will notice just how spectacular it is.
An exciting new painting has been unearthed in the northern part of Syria. Actually In fact, it’s not new at all, archaeologist believe the underground wall painting is around 11,000-year-old. According to archaeologist Eric Coqueugnot, “it would be the oldest in the world.”
Eric Coqueugot indicated that this painting, in red, black and white, was found at the Neolithic settlement of Djade al-Mughara on the Euphrates, northeast of the city of Aleppo.
Eric Coqueugot described it as looking like a modernist painting. And noted that some of those who saw it have likened it to work by (Paul) Klee.
What’s more exciting is that another painting has also been found next to it. However it can’t be excavated until next year.
By next year, this painting will be housed at Aleppo's museum. Coqueugniot noted that its red came from burnt hematite rock, crushed limestone formed the white and charcoal provided the black.
According to Science magazine, “The world's oldest painting on a constructed wall was one found in Turkey but that was dated 1,500 years after the one at Djade al-Mughara.”
Apparently, the inhabitants of Djade al-Mughara were hunters and also dieted on wild plants. Although they had a closely resemballed us, the fact that were not farmers or domesticated would imply that they were more closely related to neanandathrils. However the way we modern day humans behave you would have the impression that. they were very much like us.
The house, which the wall painting decorated, appeared to be a home built for communal living. At some point the villages decided to abandon the house and for some particular reason stuffed it with mud.
Also found at the site is an enormous amount of flint and weapons had also been discovered at the site. Human skeletons, which had been buried under houses, have also been unearthed.
Coqueugniot noted, "This site is one of several Neolithic villages in modern day Syria and southern Turkey. They seem to have communicated with each other and had peaceful exchanges."
“Mustafa Ali, a leading Syrian artist, said similar geometric design to that in the Djade al-Mughara painting found its way into art throughout the Levant and Persia, and can even be seen in carpets and kilims (rugs).”
According to Mustafa Ali, "we must not lose sight that the painting is archaeological, but in a way it's also modern," which makes it definitely a good find!
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