We DISCOVERED Ancient Cave Paintings!

We DISCOVERED Ancient Cave Paintings!

– There’s the cliff base, wow! (dramatic orchestral music) Dude, look at this,
there’s cave paintings! We are literally sitting at
the foot of history right now. (dynamic jungle music) The Tuinskloof Game Reserve
is a breathtaking expanse of South African wilderness, an adventure lover’s playground, that is laced with a network of intricate, yet
rugged dirt roads. The Reserve stretches
across 13 hectares and is nestled amongst
the rocky mountainsides of the Eastern Cape. Today we are heading out on a true Indiana
Jones themed mission. According to LB Williams, founder of the Reserve
Protection Agency, there are a series of
ancient cave paintings hidden deep within the
belly of Tuinskloof. Of course, LB has seen
these paintings before, as he has personally scoured
every inch of this wild place, however he has challenged us to see if we can
find what he calls a true needle in the haystack
of history on our own. – [Mark] Alright, Coyote,
we’re about to set off on the adventure,
what are we doing? – Well, just before us is
a road that looks off road, despite the fact that
it’s been bulldozed, but wait until you
see how far we get into the back country
of South Africa and what we’re searching for
is a series of lost caves and by lost caves,
what I mean are caves that have not been explored
in hundreds of years. Supposedly there’s some ancient
cave paintings in there, we’re gonna try to find
’em and get em on camera, I have a feeling that this is
gonna be one epic adventure. – [Mark] Let’s go. – [Coyote] South Africa
is an ancient land and it is believed that humans have inhabited this area
for over 100,000 years. The paintings we seek are
certainly not that ancient, but they are believed to be
several hundred years old, which definitely makes
them worth the search. – Nothing like getting lost
in the back country of Africa, wouldn’t you say, Coyote? – Oh yeah, we’re gonna find
these lost caves eventually, this is why they are lost, they’re hidden from
pretty much everyone, so it’s gonna take a
little bit of searching, but I’m confident that
LB’s gonna get us there. We traveled up and over
the steep mountainsides, down into the valleys and across several
flowing stream systems, before we finally got to a
place where the road ran out. Woo! That was a bumpy ride.
– Yep. – And that is as far as the
road is going to take us. Now over your
shoulder here, Mark is a massive cliff
face and I was told that if we follow this
line into the canyon, eventually we will find
dark stains up on the rocks, we find those stains, it means that we are close
to the cave paintings, so let’s head in that direction
and see what we can find. The underbrush was
incredibly dense and moving through it
with packs and camera gear was nearly impossible. Eventually we made our way
down to a stream system, which we could
follow more easily, than fighting the
tangles of branches. Look at this. Look at those dark
marks on the rocks. – [Mark] Where? Oh, yeah, is that what
we’re looking for? – [Coyote] Awesome, we’ll
cross the stream then. Look at that! Do you see ’em?
– Yeah. – I’m gonna have to
bust out the main camera to get shots of that, I don’t know if you can
see that with the GoPro, there are distinct dark marks
right there on the rocks, they definitely stand out more than anything
else we’ve seen so far. – [Mark] Let’s get a
little bit more in, I’ll get a better view.
– Okay, yeah. Keep coming up this hillside. It felt like we
were getting close and despite the
inclement weather, we decided to press forward
across another stream and up a steep embankment, when right before our very eyes, the flat rock face
that LB described as being unmistakable
was towering above us. (light suspenseful music) Watch out for that
short stick right there. I mean, I haven’t seen anything that’s more distinct
than those black marks. Alright, well this might be
the black stains on the rock, that we’re looking for, let’s hunker down
underneath these trees, stay out of the rain and
get the main camera set up. I think we’re close, guys. – Okay?
– Yeah, I’ll get it. – Mark has gotten the main
camera out of his pack, it’s still raining though.
– Yes. – We’re gonna get these shots, I think we’re right on it, guys. – I’m rolling.
– Okay, so right up through here, it looks like we have a
little cave type area, definitely have
distinct black markings on the side of the
rocks and hopefully this is where the cave
paintings are located. Alright, we’re gonna go up
through all these spiky plants and hopefully that’s
where they’re at. Alright, here we go, ready? Wow! Dude, look at this!
– Whoa. – These cave paintings.
– Is that them? – This has gotta be
them, look at this, you’ve got like little
human-like figures here, there and there,
look at this one. That one’s definitely a male. – [Mark] How can you tell? – Notice the male part and then over here, you’ve
got what looks like a teepee, here’s some sort of shape there. What have you got
down there, Mario? – You know, this is probably
where they would gather and like make a fire and
cook their food and stuff and hang out, then for fun, they probably
would kind of draw. – Right, and by they, we’re
talking about Indigenous peoples – Yeah.
– and these cave drawings, I guess, we keep calling
them a cave drawing, but it’s more of an
overhang, than it is a cave, hundreds, maybe even
thousands of years old, we are literally sitting at
the foot of history right now. – Yeah, it’s pretty cool.
– This is crazy. Let’s look around at the walls and see what other
etchings we can find. – [Mark] Are all the red
spots paintings technically? I mean, like if you come
over here, you can see like, there’s like a shape in there, see that?
– Oh, yeah, that definitely is a shape,
look at that right there. – [Mark] See,
that’s not natural, that’s like–
– Looks like that would have been the
head of a human, here’s an arm, that
comes down and its body. It’s interesting how it’s
at an angle like that. – It is.
– What you find there? – [Mario] That’s definitely
a little human, right? – Oh here, let me see.
– Oh, it looks like, look at that. – [Coyote] It definitely
looks humanoid to me. – [Mario] Tiny. – But why all the
way down there? I mean, I wonder how deep this
would have originally gone, I mean, how much sediment
has fallen down in this area, think of what could be buried
down beneath all of this soil. Look at this. – [Mark] So you can definitely
see like this whole area, the redness on the rock,
– Yeah. – [Mark] is distinct
to this area, if you look like over
here, for example, there is no red,
– Right. – [Mark] it’s only in this area, so it kind of makes you
wonder, were these parts at some time part of
a larger painting? – [Coyote] Right and it
just sort of dissolved and disintegrated over time. – [Mark] Like even if
you look right here, you can see there’s
a clear line. – Hm-mm.
– See that? There’s a clear line there,
– That’s crazy. – [Mark] I wonder if
that was like a horse or an elephant, maybe
that was an elephant, the tail of an elephant maybe.
– Maybe. Oh, it does, it looks
like either a tail or perhaps a trunk
– Hm-mm. – and maybe a leg
like that right there. This is super cool and you may
be wondering to yourselves, “Well, Coyote, how would
somebody draw on a rock wall “and have it last
for this long?” And my guess would
be that, here, point your camera down here, all of this red rock
was likely broken apart and then they would
use something like sap or animal fat to
draw on the walls and it’s just lasted
for all that time, it has completely
stained the rock. – [Mark] Look at that one, it’s like two people right
next to each other, you know, this is the first time this
art has ever been filmed. – First people ever, these
are the first cameras to ever film and what
we’re gonna do now is photograph these
to document them, what we’re gonna do is
use my hand for scale, Mark, why don’t you get out
the high quality camera, give this camera to Mario and we’ll get some
photographs of ’em and take ’em back to the
research team, is that good? – Yeah, let’s do it.
– Alright. – Alright, let me
get out the DSLR, so we can take some
great photographs of this Indigenous artwork and share ’em with our
friends back in town. What’s really cool
is this is actually really important for the
culture in this region to document these
rare artifacts, it definitely will help
add to the cultural history of this region of South
Africa, pretty cool, huh? – [Coyote] Hm, I got to know. – [Mark] Yeah, I
think it is too. You can clearly see
that there’s a leg and then there’s either
a trunk or a tail. – [Coyote] Hm-mm. – [Mark] You can’t really
tell what happened back here. I mean, there’s so many
years, could be hundreds, if not thousands of
years of erosion, that’s been hammering
the artwork, that’s here, so we’re really
actually fortunate to be able to see what we can. – You can see some
that have disappeared almost completely at this point, – Yeah. – Now this looks
like a little man, that’s running on the hillside. Did you get this one? This clearly looks like an
arm with a hand and legs. – [Mark] I think it’s
holding something. – Holding something.
– Maybe it’s fish. They’re clearly manmade, but there is a little
interpretation required to identify what these are. It’ll be interesting to see, once we take the
photographs back, if someone back in town can
help us more clearly identify not only what we’re looking at, but the time period in
which they were made. – [Coyote] Right. – I’ve got it, alright, are you ready
for the long trek back? – I sure am, it took us
two hours to get here, that means it’s gonna take at
least two hours to get back, but this certainly was epic, coming across
Indigenous paintings out here in the back
country of South Africa. I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave, stay wild, we’ll see you
on the next location. (clicking camera shutter) – Hm. – [Coyote] Getting to explore
the wild and ancient mountains of the Tuinskloof Game Reserve was an adventure I
will always remember. As a team, our goal
usually centers around finding and presenting animals,
so to search for relics such as cave paintings
was a nice change of pace. These feint images represent
a history to this land, that dates back
hundreds of years and to have seen them
with my own two eyes was a sight I will never forget. If you enjoyed exploring
for cave paintings, make sure to go back
and watch the episode, where the Brave
Wilderness team and I kayak to a deserted island
and found ourselves lost in the abandoned Fort Gorges and don’t forget, subscribe, so you can join me and the
crew on our next location. (light jungle music)

100 thoughts on “We DISCOVERED Ancient Cave Paintings!

  1. How when i uses to draw on walls my parents gave me time out but these ancient ppl didnt ?!?!?!?!
    Wassup parents we be ancient toddlers lol

  2. that is so cool. I want to watch this every day but i'm still mad that my mom put her email on here so life's life but I loved this video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Thats what I want to see from our ancestors not clothes that people was wearing 50 or 100 years ago in museums but these are real cool stuff from our ancestors

  4. What I learned today is that men really just love to draw penises on everything. They can't freakin help themselves. Bathroom stalls, desks, rock cliffs, notebooks… Could you guys not?

  5. Every body is saying that they drew those, like different people too 🤔🤔 they are real because I learn that in science, and they say that it is real

  6. Coyote: this is the male
    Mark: how can you tell
    Coyote: because of the male part
    Im like um ok and the started laughing 😂😂😂😂

  7. When I went camping at blackdown table land I saw cave paintings but they were hands and my step dad told me how they did it since they did not have paint like we have today!

    (Edit): they would chew on those red rocks and either spit on their hand or their finger then draw but with the hand they slapped it on the rocks!

  8. Caveman s used blood to paint the self's because they wanted to keep meamoris and it happent 2.600000 million years ago😢😢😢

  9. How do you now if the lost caves have painting and never been explored if you haven't went inside of them then how do you now paintings are in there

  10. I’m Muslim love your vids by the way ❤️حبىك I’m only a beginner hope I spelled it right ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  11. Billions of years ago: We lived in caves.
    Millions or thousands or even both years ago: We drew on caves. And on walls!
    Now: Those drawings are famous.
    Also now: Me: *Draws on walls* Mom and Dad: "OOH!!! YOU'RE IN TROUBLE! GO SIT IN THE CORNER!"
    Hundreds of years ago: Leonardo Da Vinci: "Sorry my paintings suck… I'll never be a artist…" People: " Yeah you suck. " Also a person then stole the Mona lisa.
    Now: Person: "This painting was stolen and is now the most famous painting."

  12. At 8:30 it looks like the hand of somebody, bloody or either in sap or fat, and they just marked their hand on the wall.

  13. How did these goofballs discover something that was already there? The paintings are new to you, not the people who live there

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