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Prehistoric cliff paintings discovered at Papua’s Ambesibui Site

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – Prehistoric cliff paintings were discovered at Ambesibui Site located in Teluk Wondama District, West Papua Province, by the work of Papua’s Archaeological Center in coordination with Teluk Wondama’s Planning Agency.

“The Ambesibui site is a prehistoric cliff painting site. The painter was remained unknown. The locals did not know who and when the paintings were made,” a senior researcher of Papua’s Archaeological Center Hari Suroto told ANTARA in Jayapura, the capital city of Papua, on Sunday.

The team found out several red paintings imitate living things such as human body, lizard, turtle, fish, geometrical pattern, line and circle at the height of 120 centimeters up to 5 meters above the sea level.

The motifs portrayed the environmental condition and human activities back in the prehistoric era. As for instance, the lizard represented their belief on the ancestors.

Assistant II of Teluk Wondama’s Secretary Hermin Sesa Rinding said the district will develop Ambesibui Site as a destination for cultural tourism.

However the related agencies will pay close attention on the preservation of the site as well as its environment.

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