World's first art studio discovered in South Africa
October 17, 2011
Scientists recently discovered what may well be the oldest art studio ever found in South Africa. They first discovered a red mixture of powder, which they believe may have been used to decorate bodies and clothing in the Stone Age, according to Irish Weather Online. This discovery led them to the Blombos Cave, where they found tools and containers, which are about 100,000 years old.
"This discovery represents an important benchmark in the evolution of complex human cognition (mental processes) in that it shows that humans had the conceptual ability to source, combine and store substances that were then possibly used to enhance their social practices," Professor Christopher Henshilwood told the news source. "The recovery of these toolkits adds evidence for early technological and behavioral developments associated with humans and documents their deliberate planning, production and curation of pigmented compound and the use of containers."