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Cave of the hands, Argentina

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Cave of the hands, Argentina

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Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for Cave of Hands) is a cave or a series of caves located in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, 163 km (101 mi) south of the town of Perito Moreno. It is famous for (and gets its name from) the paintings of hands. The art in the cave dates from 13,000 to 9,000 years ago.[1] Several waves of people occupied the cave, and early artwork has been carbon-dated to ca. 9300 BP (about 7300 BC).[1] The age of the paintings was calculated from the remains of bone-made pipes used for spraying the paint on the wall of the cave to create silhouettes of hands.

The site was last inhabited around 700 AD, possibly by ancestors of the Tehuelche people. It was entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991.

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This print captures the mesmerizing beauty of the Cave of the Hands in Argentina. Taken with an Olympus Digital Camera, this image showcases a remarkable archaeological site that holds immense historical significance. The negative format adds a unique touch to the photograph, enhancing its artistic appeal. Located in Patagonia, South America, this cave is renowned for its prehistoric cave paintings and stencils created by indigenous people thousands of years ago. These ancient artworks provide valuable insights into the rich cultural heritage and anthropological history of Argentina. The intricate handprints depicted on the walls are particularly striking, symbolizing human presence and connection across time. Each stencil tells a story from a distant past when these caves served as sacred spaces or communal gathering sites for early societies. As we gaze upon this image, we are transported back to an era long gone but not forgotten. It serves as a powerful reminder of our ancestors' creativity and their deep-rooted relationship with nature. Photographer J. Oliva has skillfully captured both the grandeur and intimacy of this archaeological wonder through his lens. This print invites us to appreciate not only its aesthetic value but also encourages us to delve deeper into understanding our shared human history.

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