Koonalda Cave

Koonalda Cave is an important archeological site [ [http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/321989/Koonalda-Cave "Koonalda Cave"] , "Encyclopaedia Britannica] in Nullarbor Plain, in South Australia.

Thousands of square metres in the cave are covered in parallel finger-marked geometric lines and patterns, Indigenous Australian artwork which has been dated as 20,000 years old [ [http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/321989/Koonalda-Cave "Koonalda Cave"] , "Encyclopaedia Britannica] [ [http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/archaeology/sites/pacific/koonalda.html "Koonalda"] , Minnesota State University] , making it older than any known prehistoric art in Europe. [BLAINEY, Geoffrey, "Triumph of the Nomads: A History of Aboriginal Australia", 1976, ISBN 0-87951-084-6, p.84]

The cave was abandoned 19,000 years ago, and rediscovered by archeologists in 1956. [ [http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/archaeology/sites/pacific/koonalda.html "Koonalda"] , Minnesota State University]


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