Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas

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The Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas, contains an exceptional assemblage of cave art, executed between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago. It takes its name (Cave of the Hands) from the stencilled outlines of human hands in the cave, but there are also many depictions of animals, such as guanacos (Lama guanicoe ), still commonly found in the region, as well as hunting scenes. The people responsible for the paintings may have been the ancestors of the historic hunter-gatherer communities of Patagonia found by European settlers in the 19th century.

Why should you visit Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas?

The Cueva de las Manos contains an outstanding collection of prehistoric rock art which bears witness to the culture of the earliest human societies in South America.

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  • As explained by the name itself this site, located in Santa Cruz, Argentina, is a series of caves with a fascinating paintings of several hands.
  • The images of the hands are not traditionally painted but stencilled against the wall by the use of blow pens.
  • The hands are almost all left hands indicating that the right hand was used to spray the blow pen. Historian have dated this site as old as 13,000 to 9000 years old.

Year of Inscription: 1999

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The Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas, contains an exceptional assemblage of cave art, executed between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago. It takes its name (Cave of the Hands) from the stencilled outlines of human hands in the cave, but there are also many depictions of animals, such as...

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