Oldest Rock Art Painting

Following state-of-the-art dating methods, it is possible that the world's oldest rock art paintings are located on the remote Kimberley coast of Western Australia. in fact, the pigments of the Bradshaw paintings of the Kimberley are so old they have become part of the rock itself, making carbon dating impossible.

A partly fossilised wasp nest attached to one of the paintings was dated at 17,000 years old, so far the only indication of their true age.

The paintings are named after Joseph Bradshaw who, in 1891, discovered the art when he was lost on an expedition in the north-west of Australia and are known to predate the present Aborigines.