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The oldest drawing in the world was done with an ocher crayon

7 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / This small flake of silcrete bears the oldest drawing ever discovered,
The world's oldest drawing might be easy for a casual observer to miss: a 38.6mm long flake of silcrete with a few faint reddish lines drawn on one smooth, curved face using an iron-rich pigment called ocher. The lines would have been bolder and brighter when the drawing was new, according to University of Bergen archaeologist Christopher Henshilwood and his colleagues, but over time they've lost pigment to rinsing and wear, leaving them faint and patchy. But an archaeologist working at Blombos Cave, about...
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