Egypt’s Oldest Known Art Identified, Is 15,000 Years Old
"It is not at all an exaggeration to call it 'Lascaux on the Nile.'"
- Dirk Huyge, expedition leader
Qurta, Egypt - Rock face drawings and etchings recently rediscovered in southern Egypt are similar in age and style to the iconic Stone Age cave paintings in Lascaux, France, and Altamira, Spain, archaeologists say.
The engravings -- estimated to be about 15,000 years old -- were chiseled into several sandstone cliff faces at the village of Qurta, about 400 miles (640 kilometers) south of Cairo (Egypt map).