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Climate change could erase ancient Indonesian cave art

Griffith University-led research has revealed that some of the world’s earliest known rock art is disappearing at an alarming rate. Dr Jillian Huntley from the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, specialises in rock art conservation. In a study published in Scientific Reports, a team of Australian and Indonesian archaeological scientists, conservation specialists and heritage managers documented the mechanisms behind increasing loss of painted limestone cave surfaces in southern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Their findings indicate that deterioration of these globally significant artworks is accelerating in step with climate change.
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