Friday 12 October 2007
French archaeologists have discovered an 11,000-year-old wall painting underground in northern Syria which they believe is the oldest in the world.
The painting, which measures about six feet by six feet, was found at the Neolithic settlement of Djade al-Mughara on the Euphrates, northeast of the city of Aleppo, said team leader Eric Coqueugniot.
«It looks like a modernist painting. Some of those who saw it have likened it to work by (Paul) Klee. Through carbon dating we established it is from around 9,000 BC», Coqueugniot said. «We found another painting next to it, but that won’t be excavated until next year. It is slow work», said Coqueugniot, who works at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research.