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World’s oldest wall painting unearthed in Syria

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on October 11, 2007


By Khaled Yacoub Oweis

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – French archaeologists have discovered an 11,000-year-old wall painting underground in northern Syria which they believe is the oldest in the world.

The 2 square-meter painting, in red, black and white, was found at the Neolithic settlement of Djade al-Mughara on the Euphrates, northeast of the city of Aleppo, team leader Eric Coqueugniot told Reuters.

“It looks like a modernist painting. Some of those who saw it have likened it to work by (Paul) Klee. Through carbon dating we established it is from around 9,000 B.C.,” Coqueugniot said.

How cool. Read more at the link..

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  1. Patrick Truax said, on October 11, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    One of the things that really sucks about the political tensions in that area of the world, is the inability to get all the countries to launch a joint archeology project. All of these countries, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq, are so rich in history and are virtually untapped. Maybe a historical record unearthed may solve a centuries old conflict? Who gave what to whom when? The history of the two main religions, Judaism, and Christianity and to a lesser extant Islam (based soley on their relatively short life span. After all, Mohamed didnt appear on the scene until some 600 years after Christ died.), are buried within the borders of hostile countries. For example, historical evidence lying buried in Syria, may boost Israel’s claim to land. There are many things still to be found in that part of the world. Its too bad we cant solve that problem once and for all using historical record as opposed to terrorism.


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