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intaglio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 04:26 PM
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Pleistocene carvings found in East Timor
www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/giant-rats-lead-sci... |Giant rats lead to carvings>

Whilst searching for fossils of giant rats (hat-tip to Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle) CSIRO researcher, Ken Aplin sais, "I shone the torch around and saw a whole panel of engraved prehistoric human faces on the wall of the cave."
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 02:45 PM
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1. So glad you have posted this information. Hadn't heard a thing about it until now.
Another link:

Scientists find 10,000-year-old stone carvings
Posted Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:19pm AEDT

A team of Australian scientists has stumbled upon ancient stone carvings in an East Timorese cave dating back at least 10,000 years.

The findings, just published in the journal Antiquity, follow the discovery in the Lene Hara cave in May 2009.

The team of archaeologists and palaeontologists had been looking for the fossilised remains of extinct giant rats.

But the CSIRO's Dr Ken Aplin accidentally saw the stylised face carvings in the limestone roof.

"One of our East Timorese colleagues was sitting up on top of a big block of limestone and I looked up to see what he was up to and as I did, my head-torch shone across the face of the limestone and I saw these incredible faces engraved on the surface," he said.

"I called out to Sue, the archaeologist, 'Sue - you didn't tell me there were faces engraved here' and she said 'there aren't any' and I went 'come and have a look at this' and her mouth fell open when she saw them."

The Lene Hara carvings, or petroglyphs, are frontal, stylised faces each with eyes, a nose and a mouth. One has a circular headdress with rays that frame the face.

More:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/11/3136401.h...

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Two photos featured here:
Giant rats lead scientists to ancient fossils in East Timor cave
From: AFP February 12, 2011 4:34AM

http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/giant-rats-l...

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Article written about discovering this cave in East Timor, in 2001, before the last discovery there:

Oldest find yet in East Timor
Thursday, 29 March 2001

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2001/03/29/26734...

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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 10:46 AM
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2. Found a link with some photos of these faces. Very interesting.
Scroll down a little before the article appears:
http://www.donsmaps.com/lenehara.html
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