CUEVA DE LAS MANOS, ARGENTINA - THE CAVE OF THE HANDS
Cueva de las Manos, Argentina (Spanish for Cave of the Hands), has an incredible panel of rock art hand paintings, made by the indigenous inhabitants (possibly forefathers of the Tehuelches) some 9,000 years ago. The hands have mainly been stencilled. Within the cave there are also rock art depictions of human beings, guanacos (a camelid native to South America that stands up to 4 feet in height), rheas (a flightless bird native to South America that stands up to 5.6 fett in height), felines and other animals, as well as geometric shapes, zigzag patterns, red dots, representations of the sun, and hunting scenes.
The rock art site, located at Santa Cruz in rural Patagonia, became a World Heritage Site in 1999. The photographs included here are courtesy of Michael Turtle, Travel writer. Cueva de las Manos is presented as part of the Bradshaw Foundation South America Rock Art Archive. More information and examples of hand paintings in world rock art can be found in the Hand Paintings and Symbols in Rock Art section of this website.