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Archaeology news: Australia’s oldest rock art is a 17,300-year-old kangaroo painting

Dubbed the world’s oldest-known cave art, the painting represented a 45,000-year-old life-size warty pig.

Dr Sven Ouzman, from University Western Australia’s School of Social Sciences, believes the latest discovery will help researchers better understand Australia’s Indigenous history.

He said: “This iconic kangaroo image is visually similar to rock paintings from islands in South East Asia dated to more than 40,000 years ago, suggesting a cultural link – and hinting at still older rock art in Australia.”

Cissy Gore-Birch, Chair of the Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation, added: “It’s important that Indigenous knowledge and stories are not lost and continue to be shared for generations to come.

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