A cave painting dating back more than 12,000 years, and which is 8 miles long, has been discovered in the Colombian Amazon rain forest.
The art is located in the southern Colombia Chiribiquete National Park. Its discovery in 2019 has been kept under wraps until the release of the documentary Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon.
Jose Iriarte, a professor of archaeology at Exeter University led the joint British-Columbian team which discovered the artifact, described by some as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients.’
The huge work contains all manner of symbols and drawings, including handprints, detailed paintings of many now extinct animals, including giant sloths and mammoths.
One of the many mysteries of the painting is its height. The art covers the entire rockface, and in some places reaches many feet high, accessible today only by drone. How they managed to reach these areas has baffled the researchers.
The cave was found in area previously controlled for decades by the militant anti-government group FARC. Archaeologists have long predicted the area would contain sites of significance and Iriarte is confident more wonders like this will be discovered in the years to come.