Situated in Río Pinturas Santa Cruz, Argentina, a collection of cave art has been found which has been dated back to 13,000 and 9,500 years ago.
The cave is called as the “Cueva de las Manos” which refers as “the Cave of Hands”.
Situated in a valley of the Pinturas River in Patagonia, Argentina
The location where the cave is found is majorly focusing on archaeological research for more than 25 years.
Archaeologists presume that the small handprints marked on the walls. Which dates back to a history over 14,500 years. That belongs to the predecessors of the Tehuelche tribe, a group of indigenous peoples of Patagonia
Since several groups of people have occupied the cave, and the prehistoric artwork has been carbon-dated to ca. 9300 BP.
created by the first residents of this location, a pre-Tehuelche civilization.
The artwork of the hunting has been portrayed a different types of hunting techniques including the use of “bolas“ – A weapon which was used to capture animals by entangling their legs. It was made with rounded stones the end of the bolas are straped with crude leather.
A different techniques were used to create those hand marks
The negative images are the most ancient, famous and overlapped images. It was created by making an outline blowing a pigment through the tube by settting the hand on the rockface
A total of 829 handprints were found and most of the seemed to be male imprints, out of these 31 are Right handed.
In conclusion there are many images wich represents the animals, human silhouettes, geometric signs, stars. circles, spiral layouts and more. These imprints were said to be created from vegetation( root, bark)
The site has been declared a National Historic Monument and World Heritage Site (UNESCO) in 1999, not only for its artistic magnificence but as one of the main testimonies of prehistoric hunters that occupied the area.