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The uranium/thorium dating method gives reliable and relatively precise results in the case of massive speleothems, because the sampling is carried out at the heart of the material where the hypothesis of a closed system (that is, no exchange with the outside environment) is justified in most cases.

Unfortunately, the situation is quite different in the case of thin layers of calcite that overlie Palaeolithic cave drawings.

Consequently the ages obtained are minimum ages (terminus ante quem) which are frequently much younger than the real ages of the underlying artworks.

Moreover, a much more serious but rarely considered source of error contradicts the assumption of a closed system.

The oldest known rock art dates from the Upper Palaeolithic period, having been found in Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Archaeologists studying these artworks believe that they likely had magico-religious significance.

"These were dated using radiocarbon dating of charcoal buried at the same depth of engravings," he says.

A global phenomenon, rock art is found in many culturally diverse regions of the world.

In historical geology, the primary methods of absolute dating involve using the radioactive decay of elements trapped in rocks or minerals, including isotope systems from very young (radiocarbon dating with Radiometric dating is based on the known and constant rate of decay of radioactive isotopes into their radiogenic daughter isotopes.

Particular isotopes are suitable for different applications due to the type of atoms present in the mineral or other material and its approximate age.

Australia is blessed with many beautiful examples of Aboriginal cave paintings and engravings but what does science tell us about how old they are?

What are the different methods used to date such artworks?