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Ref ID: 26774
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Sand, Christophe
Valladas, Hélène
Cachier, Hélène
Tisnérat-Laborde, Nadine
Arnold, Maurice
Bolé, Jacques
Ouetcho, André
Title: Oceanic rock art: first direct dating of prehistoric stencils and paintings from New Caledonia (southern Melanesia)
Date: 2006
Source: Antiquity
Abstract: Rock art in an inland cave on the island of Lifou, New Caledonia, has been radiocarbon dated. A cluster of early paintings date to 2500 years ago, soon after the arrival of the first settlers, who must have quickly gone inland probably in pursuit of fresh water, available near the cave. They left their mark on the cave in the form of numerous hand stencils. During the first millennium AD, later generations of artists used the same cave, drawing birds and a circular sign for water still recognised by the present community.
Date Created: 4/18/2018
Volume: 80
Number: 309
Page Start: 523
Page End: 529