Found: Oldest paintings in Western history
see "Man Leads Archaeologists to Frescoed Tomb " (CBS News, 6/16/06)
An 82-year old Austrian tour guide being questioned for possibly stealing artifacts led officials to a group of underground tombs in Veio, Italy (near Rome) in hopes of getting more lenient treatment. In one of these tombs, archaeologists found what they believe to be 2,700 year old wall paintings representing the oldest such art in Western history.
Somehow I find it very satisfying to be reminded that there are still things to discover about history and humanity, and that we really don't know it all.
Click through the pictures in this article to see some other of the ancient frescoes:
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