Painting of a Bison c. For advice about combining hues, see: Colour Mixing Tips. For the definition and meaning of colour terminology in painting, see: Colour Glossary For Artists. The discovery of a ,year-old "paint workshop" in the Blombos Cave , in South Africa - complete with various ochres, bones, charcoal, grinding-stones and hammer-stones, abalone shell containers and mixing vessels, but with no evidence of contemporaneous cave painting - suggests that the pigments were being used for body painting and face painting , rather than cave art. In other words, by the time that modern humans started to create the first prehistoric art , a reasonable minority of them would have had some experience in sourcing, extracting and blending pigments for personal decoration, if nothing else.
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The cave is about feet long and 35 feet wide. The large rock shelter is north of modern-day Humboldt Sink. It was formed by the lake's currents and wave action. It was first a rock shelter.
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If accurately dated, the site would be the earliest known evidence of human presence and the longest sequence of continuous human occupation in the New World. The site is located 27 miles west-southwest of Pittsburgh  in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The site operates as a division of the Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh and has a museum and a reconstruction of a circa s Monongahela Culture Indian village. The rockshelter is a natural formation beneath an overhanging cliff of Morgantown-Connellsville sandstone , which is a thick Pennsylvanian -age sandstone, brown in color. Meadowcroft is in the Allegheny Plateau, northwest of the Appalachian Basin.