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A historical discovery was made these days in Romania. 35,000 years old signs and drawings – the oldest cave drawings in Central and Eastern Europe – from our ancestors were discovered (by accident 🙂 ) in the cave Coliboaia, Apuseni Mountains (Western Carpathians), Romania.
Some people were exploring this not so easy to reach cave, when their attention was caught by some drawings on the cave’s walls. After tests, it seems that these signs are 35,000 years old and were drew with a piece of coal. The drawings are of animals in Paleolithic times – mammoth, prehistoric tigers, rhinoceroses, cave bears and lions – and are almost as old as those found in French cave (the oldest in the world, about 36,000 years old).
The Romanian signs are however the oldest cave drawings in Central and Eastern Europe. The paintings were so well preserved because they were made in a gallery above the cave. Samples in the gallery were sent in France for an expertise.
The discovery is not public for the moment – for the cave it is not yet protected. Future measures will be taken.
For those of you speaking/understanding Romanian here’s the official news. For all others, you can see the video for it contains the drawings discovered.
This is an amazing discovery – and of course I’m glad that it took place in Romania, my dear country.