A large number of ice age paintings have been found in the Amazon rainforest, which is called the “Sistine Chapel of the Ancients”.
Prehistoric rock art was discovered last year by a team of British-Colombian archaeologists who discovered thousands of paintings about 12,500 years old while exploring the territory claimed by the Colombian Farc guerrillas. The discovery was kept secretly before the British Channel 4 series “The Mystery of the Jungle: Amazon’s Lost Kingdom”. The document will record the revealed content and will premiere next month.
According to the “Guardian”, some pictures depict animals that have long been extinct, including mastodons, ancient apes, giant sloths and ice age horses, which are helpful for dating.
“We are beginning to see animals that are now extinct,”
The nearly eight-mile long terracotta cliff paintings of various sizes also depict fish, turtles, lizards and birds, as well as people dancing, holding hands and wearing masks.
“For the Amazons, non-humans like animals and plants have souls, and they communicate and interact with people in a cooperative or hostile way through the rituals and shamanism that we portray in rock art,” Elia Specially pointed out.
This discovery illustrates the long-held belief of some anthropologists that there are more hidden ancient creatures to be explored, but it is hidden in a difficult and dangerous corner of the earth.
The host of the documentary, the archaeologist Ella Al-Shamahi, told the observer: “When we entered the Farc territory, it was some of us who were screaming.” “The exploration is not over yet. The scientific discovery is not over yet, but major discoveries will now be found in controversial or hostile places.”