"This is the earliest clear example of oil paintings in the world," said Yoko Taniguchi, leader of the team of scientists.
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The findings suggest these may be the oldest known examples anywhere of painting with oil.
Lessons from Bamiyan The wall-paintings were devotional art showing the Buddha, often in colourful robes.
In 12 of 50 caves, the murals were painted using drying oils -- perhaps from walnuts and poppy seeds -- the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility said.
Its findings on the age of the oil paintings were published this week in The Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry.
For centuries the two huge statues stood guard over Bamiyan.
But in 2001, just months before they were forced from power, the Taleban dynamited what they considered un-Islamic representations of the human form.
Yoko Taniguchi, one of the Japanese experts working on the caves, told reporters this is the earliest known use of this technique in the history of art.
She said it was previously thought the technique originated in Europe during the Renaissance, eight centuries later.
Murals found on cave walls in Afghanistan prove that painting with oil had been going on in Asia for centuries before artists used the technique in Europe, scientists said this week.
Until now, art historians believed that oil painting started in Europe in the 15th century.
Painted in the mid-seventh century, the murals show scenes with Buddhas in vermilion robes sitting cross-legged amid palm leaves and mythical creatures.