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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Shulgan-Tash (Kapova) cave is located below the trees in the foreground, on the banks of this idyllic bend of the Belaya (Agidel) River. It lies in the Bashkortostan region of the Ural Mountains that form the divide between Europe and Asia in Russia. The mountain Sarycuskan rises up behind in a forest of beautiful silver birch trees. Last fall we followed the work of geologist Yuri Dublyansky from the University of Innsbruck to one of his field sites to better understand how he dates the ancient cave paintings inside Shulgan-Tash.