Initial radiocarbon dating tests In 1951, fragments of charcoal from the excavations in the Shaft were analysed in the Chicago laboratory of Willard Libby, who had pioneered the method. The results, a date of 15,500 years BP, placed Lascaux in the Magdalenian culture.
How is cave art dated?
In the case of cave art, it meant that figures drawn with charcoal –made out of burnt tree branches– could be dated. Calcification is the geological process that occurs in caves creating stalagmites and stalactites, but it also appears on the walls, sometimes growing over the drawings and engravings.
What is now the oldest date for the prehistoric art in Europe?
44,000 years old The term usually implies prehistoric origin, and the oldest known are more than 44,000 years old (art of the Upper Paleolithic), found in both the Franco-Cantabrian region in western Europe, and in the caves in the district of Maros (Sulawesi, Indonesia).
What is the oldest aboriginal artwork?
Australian scientists have discovered the countrys oldest known rock art - a 17,300-year-old painting of a kangaroo. The artwork measuring 2m (6.5ft) was painted in red ochre on the ceiling of a rock shelter. It was found in Western Australias Kimberley region, known for its Aboriginal rock paintings.