The world’s oldest drawing has just been discovered in a South African cave


Drawing with ochre pencil on silcrete stone, found inside the Blombos cave. Photo: Craig Foster

  • Scientists have discovered a 73,000-year old sketch in ochre crayon in a cave in South Africa.
  • It is said to be the earliest human drawing.
  • The heritage site near Still Bay in the Western Cape has yielded a treasure trove of artefacts, which point to the cognitive development of early humans
  • Researchers say the new find shows that Homo sapiens in Africa were using symbols before they migrated into Europe.

Scientists have found the oldest known drawing by Homo sapiens: a 73,000-year old sketch in ochre crayon in a cave near Still Bay in the Western Cape. 

This is the earliest drawing ever found, and predates those in Europe by about 30,000 years, according to research published on…

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