About Drawings

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The oldest image of a star pattern, that of the famous constellation of Orion, has been recognized on an ivory tablet some 32,500 years old. The tiny sliver of mammoth tusk contains a carving of a man-like figure with arms and legs outstretched in the same pose as the stars of Orion. The small ivory tablet (measuring only 38 x 14 x 4 millimetres) was found in 1979 in a cave in the Ach Valley in the Alb-Danube region of Germany.
Carbon dating of bone ash deposits found next to the tablet suggest it is between 32,500 and 38,000 years old, making it one of the oldest representations of a man ever found.