Cave art dating back 8000 years was discovered near Mersin, southern Turkey. The cave located in the city’s Gülnar district holds the first cave paintings in Middle Taurus mountains in the region of Cilicia.
The cave paintings are said to be almost fully intact. The experts date them to a period between 6000-5000 BC. The primitive paintings are considered to be similar to previous finds of rock art in the Latmos Mountains in western Turkey. According to the archaeologists, the painting shows dancing figures that probably depict rituals marking the coming of spring, the start of harvest season or rites of passage in line with the belief system of prehistoric people. The cave is believed to be some sort of a religious place of the prehistoric community. Usually cave paintings were discovered in Turkey in places considered being “cult centres” in the prehistoric times.
(after Daily Sabah)