PHOTOS: Unusual Rock Art Trove Found in Australia

PHOTOS: Unusual Rock Art Trove Found in Australia
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An Aborigine rock-art scene portrays a steam ship carrying humans--possibly missionaries--with hands on their hips, a gesture associated with Europeans.

The undated painting was found during a fall 2008 expedition at Djulirri in the Aborigine territory of Arnhem Land in northern Australia.

Some of the other newfound paintings appear to be portraits of faces with distinct European features, according to researcher Paul Tacon of Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.

"The Aboriginal culture across the top end of the Northern Territory was much more versatile and used to interacting with other people than previously thought," Tacon said.
—Photograph by Rick Stevens
 
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