2,000-year-old remains of infant and pet dog uncovered in France : worldnews

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French archaeologists have hailed the “Exceptional” discovery of the 2,000-year-old remains of a child buried with animal offerings and what appears to have been a pet dog.

The child, believed to have been around a year old, was interred at the beginning of the first century, during Roman rule, in a wooden coffin 80cm long made with nails and marked with a decorative iron tag.

“Such a profusion of crockery and butchered items, as well as the personal effects that followed the child to his grave, underline the privileged rank to which his family belonged. A dog’s association with a young child is well documented in a funeral context, but here it is the collar and bell that are unusual.”

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A research team has uncovered striking image of a pig in a limestone cave in Indonesian province of South Sulawesi. The image has been dated to at least 45,500 years old, which would make it the oldest human rock art on record. : worldnews

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The discovery of what is possibly the oldest rock artwork cataloged to date could point the way to even older art made by the ancient people who traveled through the Indonesian archipelago thousands of years ago.

"Petroglyphs made in limestone caves can sometimes be dated using uranium series analysis of calcium carbonate deposits (or 'cave popcorn') that naturally form on the cave wall surface used as 'canvas' for art will ", said Professor Aubert.

Professor Brumm said that as they dated progressively older cave art in and around the Indonesian archipelago, they would reinforce the evidence that rock art is a piece of cultural heritage that has been passed on for thousands of years when people made their first epic journey into the unknown.

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