December 3, 2022
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A British-Colombian research team has discovered one of the world’s largest collections of rock paintings in the depths of the Amazon rainforest – in the middle of nowhere, in Serranía de la Lindosa, Colombia.

Dubbed the “Sistine Chapel of the Ancients”, the discovery is thought to be a relic of an ancient, lost civilisation, as thousands of paintings include images of humans, plants and animals. As the rock-cut drawings also reveal numerous extinct animal species (e.g. Ice Age horses, mastodons), it could be inferred that the oldest paintings could be up to 12,500 years old. The interesting thing is that, although the drawings are very old, they are so detailed that the artists even took care to paint the animals’ fur.

Further complicating the mystery is that the paintings cover almost every inch of the rock face, and in some cases reach so high that only drones can reach them. Researchers estimate that the study of the collection could take generations, as there are tens of thousands of drawings, some 13 km in length.

Although the discovery was actually made in 2019, the researchers kept it quiet for a long time, both because they wanted to make a documentary about the mysterious rock paintings and because they feared that the news would lead to a flood of uninvited tourists or art hunters.

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