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Apollo 11 Plaque

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.

Apollo 11 plaque; Apollo 11 Rock Shelter, Namibia
Image Credit: James Di Loreto, Donald H. Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution
Apollo 11 Plaque
Exhibit Item
Date of discovery: 1969
Discovered by:
Page last updated: March 29, 2016