Mongolia: 6,000-Year-Old Cave Fingerprints Found on Yabrai Mountain!

April 22, 2010

A cave in Mongolia.

Fingerprints found in Mongolian cave made during the ‘Paleolithic Period’.

More historical fingerprints news!

After French argeologists found last summer the ‘oldest’ portrait in the history of mankind in French caves (from 32,000 years ago), recently archeologists have discovered 6,000-year-old fingerprints & paintings in a cave in Mongolia.

A Bernama report (from Malaysian News Agency) describes:

“Chinese archeologists have discovered two 6,000-year-old sites with coloured cave paintings and fingerprints in a mountain in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Xinhua news agency reports Thursday.

Wang Dafang, an official with the Inner Mongolia Cultural Bureau, said the paintings from the Paleolithic Period were discovered in two caves on Yabrai Mountain on the edge of the world’s fourth largest desert, Badain Jaran, in Araxan League.

Archeologists believe the fingerprints were painted with mixed dyestuff of ochre powder, animal blood and water. Painters may have used bone pipes to blow the dyestuff onto the cave walls. Wang said three other sites of Paleolithic cave paintings with fingerprints had been found in Araxan.

“The cave environment, the painting style and the dyestuff used for the paintings here are similar to European Paleolithic cave paintings,” Wang said.

He added the cave paintings in Araxan have been badly damaged by weathering and rain water erosion. Except for the fingerprints, no drawings can be made out”

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4 Responses to “Mongolia: 6,000-Year-Old Cave Fingerprints Found on Yabrai Mountain!”

  1. Johann Slabbert Says:

    Hi Martijn

    Thanks, That was very interesting. Am I correct in understanding thus that the “fingerprints” refered to here are in fact not actual fingerprints as we know them today but rather artistic reproductions created by the cavemen/women?

    Greeting from South Africa,

    Johann

  2. Johann Slabbert Says:

    Hi

    Could anyone clarify whether these 6000 year old prints were actual print left or paintings of print?

    Regards

    Johann


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