Ancient Chilean Rock Art Suggests Hunters Killed Whales

Stunning rock art on the Chilean coast has revealed how ancient hunter gatherers in the area used harpoons and rafts to hunt marine animals.

The cave paintings date back to 1,500-years ago, and depict the slaughter of a variety of creatures, including whales, sea lions, swordfish and sharks.

The pictographs, painted in iron-oxide, comprise of hundreds of hunting scenes and portray a complex marine hunter-gatherer society.

Archaeological evidence suggests that the society living in El Médano – a valley in between the ocean and the desert – specialised in hunting marine creatures.

 Their sophisticated fishing and hunting technology included fish-hooks made from shell, bone, cactus spines and copper, and rafts made of sea lion skin. Read more
2018-10-29T09:51:21+00:00