12,000-Year-Old Rock Paintings Found in Xinjiang, China 2011-04-29 12:04

Ancient colored rock paintings dating back 12,000 years have been found in a cave in the Altai area of China’s Xinjiang region.

The paintings found are mainly handprints, spot images and figures. All of them are colored, mostly painted with red ocher.

The cave belongs to the Duogate rock-painting area. The paintings have been designated as a cultural relic site under county-level protection.

Seven large-scale rock painting groups have been found in the area.

Most of these rock paintings feature cows, horse, sheep, camels and male and female dancers, which are closely related to nomads’ life in ancient times.