Friday, July 13, 2007

Egypt's Oldest Known Art Identified, Is 15,000 Years Old
Rock face drawings and etchings recently rediscovered in southern Egypt are similar in age and style to the iconic Stone Age cave paintings in Lascaux, France, and Altamira, Spain, archaeologists say.

"It is not at all an exaggeration to call it 'Lascaux on the Nile,'" said expedition leader Dirk Huyge, curator of the Egyptian Collection at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, Belgium.

It appears they are dated as such based on the representation of extinct mammals so one assumes the exact date is open to some question.