Alabama cave’s ancient drawings revealed by digital scan technology

Imagery of a nearly 11-foot cave drawing of a serpent figure with a round head and diamond-shaped body markings from "19th Unnamed Cave" in Alabama. Revealed etchings superimposed with illustration by Jan Simek.
  • Archaeologists have identified the greatest grouping of cave art drawings produced by Native People prior to the arrival of Spanish explorers.
  • Scientists took 1000’s of superior-tech photographs to scan the ceiling of the cave in Alabama to build a 3D model.
  • Inspection of the virtual cave ceiling exposed countless numbers of drawings, which includes a number of daily life-sized photographs.

Scientists used 3D scanning technological innovation to reveal what they say is the major collection of cave artwork drawings at any time identified in North The usa.

Amid the glyphs discovered on the ceiling of a cave in Alabama is a serpent-shaped determine that measures about 11 ft, scientists reported in research revealed Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Antiquity.

The 5 examples of Native American cave artwork documented in the research were being the greatest uncovered and believed to be 1,000 to 1,800 yrs aged, claimed co-writer Jan Simek, an archaeologist and professor of anthropology at the University of Tennessee. But the course of action employed to generate a photorealistic, digital 3D design of the cave basically exposed “hundreds of additional glyphs and photos,” according to a tale documenting the exploration in the Historic Artwork Archive.