Padah-Lin Caves (Burmese: ဗဒလင်းဂူ, pronounced: [bədəlíɴ ɡù]; also Padalin or Badalin) are limestone caves located in Taunggyi District, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar). It is located near a path from Nyaunggyat to Yebock, on a spur of the Nwalabo mountains within the Panlaung Reserved Forest. There are two caves; the smaller of the two contains paintings from between the mesolithic and early neolithic periods.
A superficial investigation of the caves in Shan State had been performed by the American South-East Expedition for Early Man in 1937–1938, and geologist U Khin Maung Kyaw discovered the paintings in 1960. In 1969–1972, the Burmese government organized a more in-depth investigation, and another expedition to the caves was mounted in 2004.
Charcoal pieces that were found in one cave during initial excavations from 1969–1972 have been carbon dated to 13,000 years old (before present). Cave paintings produced in red ochre have been found, as well as various paleolithic and neolithic tools, over 1600 stone artifacts as well as many pieces of bone and red ochre. The walls of the cave have also been decorated with carved patterns.
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