Archaeologists uncover 2,000-year-old rock art in Brazil.

The recurring symbols across 16 sites indicate that many of the artworks were made by the same cultural group.

Researchers discovered and catalogued ancient rock art at 16 sites in Brazil. The unusual panels, created around 2,000 years ago, comprise engravings and paintings, some of which appear to be linked by a shared religious system.

The drawings represent human footprints, deer and wild pig tracks, and "figures that resemble celestial bodies,

 according to archaeologist Rômulo Macedo in a statement translated by Brazil's National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). 

Between 2022 and 2023, Macedo supervised examinations into the recently found rock art in the state of Tocantins.

Macedo explains to Newsweek's Aristos Georgiou that the etched art panels span a single stretch of rock in the state's beautiful Jalapão region.

The researcher believes the pieces are linked by more than just physical proximity.

"What connects these sites is the recurrence of the symbols represented, demonstrating that the creators of the rock records, especially the engravings, shared the same belief system," he told Newsweek in an interview.

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