Archaeologists in Mexico have uncovered about 4,926 cave paintings are well-preserved in the northeast of Burgos. The figure of humans, insects, and various types of animals appear in red, yellow, black, and white. There is also the image space and the image that is not patterned or abstract.
|Researchers think this rock art was created by pre-Hispanic groups in Mexico's northeastern state of Tamaulipas. (Picture from: http://www.livescience.com/)|
Thousands of paintings were found in 11 different locations. From that number, there is one wall of the cave that is filled up to 1,550 images. The findings offer evidence of ancient cultures that lived around the Sierra de San Carlos, a mountainous region in the Tamaulipas State, Mexico.
"The area is the discovery of the caves previously estimated tiddk once inhabited by ancient cultures," said Gustavo Ramirez, an archaeologist from the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History. As quoted by LiveScience on May 23, 2013, the painting shows at least three groups of hunter-gatherers who live in the mountains of San Carlos.
|The rock art was documented in the Sierra de San Carlos mountain range. (Picture from: http://www.livescience.com/)|
Archaeologists so far have not been able to ascertain the age of the paintings. They were conducting chemical analysis of the paint used in the painting to determine the approximate age. But interestingly, Ramirez said, none of the paintings that refer to specific artifacts. "We have not found ancient objects related to the context of the painting," he said.
No artifacts found around the cave because it is located near the ravine. Runoff during the rainy season sediment washed following objects on top of it, leaving only gravel. On one of the cave, the archaeologists found the depiction Atlatl, a kind of pre-Hispanic hunting weapon that has never been seen in other paintings in the State of Tamaulipas. According to Ramirez, this painting is important because it records the presence of pre-Hispanic communities in areas previously not known to exist civilization in it.
The archaeologist, Martha Garcia Sanchez said that the culture which dwells in Tamaulipas is still very little known. "The group escaped from Spanish rule for 200 years because they fled to the Sierra de San Carlos," she said. At this location, they found water, plants, and animals as a food source. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LIVESCIENCE | BBC | MAHARDIKA SATRIA HADI | KORAN TEMPO 4241]
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