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Oldest warning sign found in Turkey

4th November 2013 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A 9,000 year old wall painting is thought to be the world’s oldest health and safety sign, warning about an active volcano nearby.

The mural, found in the ancient village of Catalhoyuk in Turkey, depicts a village in the foreground with a twin-peaked volcano erupting in the background. A nearby volcano has two peaks.

Geologists have now proved that Hasan Dag, the volcano in question that was not thought to be active, did in fact erupt at around the time the mural was painted.

According to volcanologist Axel Schmitt, who helped make the discovery: "It agrees. It overlaps give or take 1,000 years."

This proves that the mural was a reference to a factual event, therefore making it possible that it is a sign warning others about the danger.

Other possibilities are that it is a news report or simply a landscape painting, however the most commonly accepted theory is that it is an early example of safety signage.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801656554-ADNFCR


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