America's Oldest Cave Paintings Found, Date Back 6,000 Years (PHOTO)

06/18/2013 04:17 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2013

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The images, found in Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau, were discovered by researchers Jan F. Simek, Alan Cressler, Nicholas P. Herrmann and Sarah C. Sherwood. The team employed non-destructive tools to find out more information, according to Fox News, which included a high-resolution laser scanner to analyze the faint drawings.

The 6,000-year-old cave art revealed clues as to what Native American life in the South may have been like at the time. Many drawings depicted humans with pointed tools alongside wild dogs, serpents and other beasts. Other drawings of celestial designs allude to a spiritual understanding of the universe.

This remarkable find follows on the heels of last month's news that 5,000 year old drawings were uncovered in Mexico. Check out the images below from the archaeological discovery, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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