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Photo of Aboriginal art at Ubirr in Australia

Aboriginal people have lived at Ubirr for 20,000 years. The Ubirr art site includes many traditional Aboriginal paintings, many of them extremely old, although paintings can only be dated approximately. The content of the paintings often provides a clue to when they were painted. If they depict guns for example (a recent invention) or long necked turtles, which became common in the region 2,000 years ago, it's possible to date the painting's earliest possible date. Many of the paintings are used to help with storytelling, and stories are one way that wisdom is passed down from generation to generation.

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Aboriginal art at Ubirr
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Date (GMT):31/10/12 23:55
Original size:4272 x 2848 pixels
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