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15 Caves That Hold the World’s Ancient Art

Fodor's Logo By Erin Van Rheenen of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 42: Thought to be the oldest example of figurative art in the world, these hand stencils and graceful renderings of local animals date from about 40,000 years ago. That makes this prehistoric treasure of Indonesia even older than the famed prehistoric rock art sites in France and Spain, and challenges the long-held Eurocentric idea that cave art (not to mention creativity) originated in western Europe. Visits must be arranged through an Indonesian university, such as the University of Hasnuddin.

Calling all the historians

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