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Australia's oldest rock art found in Northern Territory

(Xinhua)

11:04, June 20, 2012

BRISBANE, Australia, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Australia's oldest piece of rock art created 28,000 years ago has been discovered in the country's remote area of the Northern Territory, local media reported Tuesday.

Australian archaeologist Bryce Barker from the University of Southern Queensland found the rock art in Arnhem Land carbon-dated to be at least 28,000 years old, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

Barker, who worked with a team of Australian and French archaeologists, said there could be even older pieces nearby.

"We hope to find more art in the excavations and perhaps extend the age of the art," Barker told AAP on Tuesday.

"We've got an occupation there of 45,000 (years ago) so were they painting art that early? Those are some of the questions we' ll be asking in the future," he said.

Barker said he found the rock in June last year but had only recently had it dated at the radiocarbon laboratory of University of Waikato in New Zealand.

He said the team was hopeful of finding more.

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