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Science
Science: Largest Native American Cave Art Revealed by 3D Scans
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The newly described figures share characteristics with other rock art formations in the southeast, like cliff drawings at Alabama’s Painted Bluff, and also in the Southwest, like the humanlike pictographs in Canyonlands National Park. The figures are also similar to those found on Woodland-style pottery.  Read the full Science article here
CNN
CNN: Unexpected discovery of mysterious drawings could change the way scientists look at cave art
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Massive Native American drawings – which remained unseen in an Alabama cave for more than 1,000 years – have been unveiled by a team of scientists. The large artwork was discovered in the 19th Unnamed Cave in Alabama, which has been kept anonymous to protect the site from vandalism. Read the full CNN article here
NBC
NBC News: America’s largest cave figures discovered in Alabama
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The carvings in this Alabama cave, which may show spirits of the dead, are almost invisible. Photographer Stephen Alvarez has revealed them using advanced photographic techniques. Read the full NBC article here
Antiquity
Antiquity: Discovering ancient cave art using 3D photogrammetry: pre-contact Native American mud glyphs from 19th Unnamed Cave, Alabama
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Authors Jan F. Simek, Stephen Alvarez, and Alan Cressler argue that photogrammetry offers untapped potential for not simply the documentation but also the discovery of a variety of archaeological phenomena. Read the full Antiquity article here
MSN
MSN: Largest Cave Art Images in US by Indigenous Americans Discovered in Alabama
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Author Jan Simek said explains this new discovery “changes our perspective on what might be in these caves…. It brings the cave art of the southeast into the discussion of other monumental images that we see in different parts of North America." Read the full MSN article here
Gizmodo
Gizmodo: Largest Cave Art in North America Discovered in Alabama
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The newly discovered glyphs are so massive that they weren’t previously noticed as discrete artworks. By scanning the entire cave ceiling, the researchers were able to stitch together images of artworks that cannot be observed in their totality in person, given the cave’s low ceiling.  Read the full Gizmodo article here
Smithsonian
Smithsonian: 3D Scans Reveal Gigantic Native American Cave Art in Alabama
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The fact that these drawings were made on such a large scale, and in such a difficult to reach location, suggests a strong degree of intention behind their creation. “It wasn’t doodling,” Simek says. “They had to lay them out, at least in their head, and maybe even a little bit on the wall, in order to be able to draw them the way they did.” Read the full Smithsonian article here
National Geographic
National Geographic: 3D Cave Scans Reveal Largest Cave Art in North America
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The presence of massive rock art in the Southeast “just emphasizes that ideas are flowing back and forth across this continent before European contact,” says Alvarez.  Read the full National Geographic article here
Serranía de la Lindosa, Columbia
Are the Serranía de la Lindosa paintings 12,000 years old?
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Are the Serrania de la Lindosa Colombia paintings 12,000 years old? They could be but why are they so well preserved?
Venus of Willendorf
Venus of Willendorf is Italian
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The Venus of Willendorf, a 35,000 year old statue found in Austria has its roots in Italy