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The oldest example is found in the Bhimbetka Caves in central India.

They may have been used as grinding basins or for ceremonial purposes, as some cultures still use them today.However, as they are one of the most numerous forms of prehistoric carvings and served a wide range of purposes, it is reasonable to believe that at least some served an artistic or aesthetic purpose.Art is almost as old as people, and at our best, we seek to protect and preserve it wherever we find it.The older it is, the more precious it is, because of what it can teach us about people long gone.While the site hasn’t been radiocarbon-dated yet, Acheulian-era artifacts of India are thought to be about as old as similar finds found in Africa and Europe at an astounding 290,000 years old.

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A second collection of around 500 cupules from roughly the same period was found in the Daraki-Chattan cave, along with a wealth of early stone tools.

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