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Apollo 11 Plaque

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Modern humans create permanent drawings

What kind of animal do you think this charcoal figure represents? Some people believe the hind legs are human. This stone plaque is one of several carried into Apollo 11 Rock Shelter in Namibia where they were discovered in 1969 (when the first spacecraft - Apollo 11 - landed on the moon). Radiocarbon and other dating methods confirm that the cave layer that contained this plaque is between 60,000 and 40,000 years old.

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  • Title: Apollo 11 Plaque
  • Location: Namibia, Africa
  • Type: Plaque
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Human Origins Website
  • Photo Credit: James Di Loreto and Donald E. Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Historic Period: About 60,000 and 40,000 years old
  • Field: Archaeology

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