Thursday, 30 January 2014

Exploding volcano mural could be world’s oldest landscape

From my latest article for The Art Newspaper...

New evidence could prove that a 8,600-year-old painting in central Turkey is the world’s oldest known landscape or map. The three-meter wide mural, which appears to show an erupting twin-peaked volcano above the plan of a village, has been dated to around 6600BC, and was discovered inside a mud-brick house excavated in the 1960s at Çatalhöyük, one of the world's best-preserved Neolithic sites. It is now kept in the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations in Ankara, Turkey.

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