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America's Oldest Art - The Rock Art of Serra da Capivara
These include hundreds of rock paintings dating from circa 12, years before present. In , a Brazilian and French team excavating a site located in the southeastern portion of what is now the Serra da Capivara National Park discovered the first finds. Pedra Furada includes a collection of rock shelters used for thousands of years by human populations. The first excavations yielded charcoal deposits with Carbon dates of 48, to 32, years BP.
Many years ago I read an article in a Brazilian magazine about the discovery of cave paintings in the remote, arid backlands of northeastern Brazil. At some point, assuming archaeologists in North and South America come to an agreement about it, these paintings and other findings in the park should push back the date of human settlements in our continent. Then, in December of , I saw an exhibition in Rio about Brazil's prehistory that featured the magnificent Serra da Capivara National Park, where most of these sites are located. I decided at that time that I had to go see the real thing.
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