Red wheels, hand stencils and images of animals in Spanish caves are the oldest known examples of rock art science in Europe
The symbols on the walls in the 11 archaeological sites in Spain, including the World Heritage sites of Altamira, El Castillo and Tito Bustillo, scientists have always been appreciated for their antiquity.
Recently, however, researchers used advanced dating techniques to get more precise information about the age of the image.
The main purpose of the exercise was to confirm that the oldest drawing - this pale red dot (disc), which presumably more than 40 000 years.
Hand stencils and drawings of animals predominate in the cave of El Castillo in Spain. One of the stencil was dated 37,300 years ago and the red disc 40,800 years ago, making them the oldest cave paintings in Europe (Image: Pedro Saura).
"In Cantabria, El Castillo, we find numerous stencils hands, which are formed by spraying paint around the hand pressed against the wall of the cave" - explained Dr. Alistair Pike from Bristol University, UK, and lead author of an academic paper published in the journal Science. < br />
"We believe one of these stencils have age more than 37,300 years, and nearby there is a red disc made using this technique, and his dating of close to 40,800 years. Now we know that these are the oldest examples of ancient art in Europe, older, at least 4000 years than we thought ", - told reporters Pike. This - perhaps the oldest reliably dated Rock Art in the world.