South American Cave Art

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South American Cave Art

Serra da Capivara National Park is a national park in the north east of Brazil. It has many prehistoric paintings.

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South American Cave Art

The park was created to protect the prehistoric artifacts and paintings found there.It became a World Heritage Site in 1991.

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South American Cave Art

Its head archaeologist is Niede Guidon.

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South American Cave Art

Its best known archaeological site is Pedra Furada.

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South American Cave Art

Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for Cave of the Hands) in the Santa Cruz province in Argentina.

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South American Cave Art

The images of hands are often negative (stencilled).

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South American Cave Art

Besides these there are also depictions of human beings, guanacos, rheas, felines and other animals, as well as geometric shapes, zigzag patterns, representations of the sun, and hunting scenes. Similar paintings, though in smaller numbers, can be found in nearby caves.

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South American Cave Art

There are also red dots on the ceilings, probably made by submerging their hunting bolas in ink, and then throwing them up.

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South American Cave Art

Most of the hands are left hands, which suggests that painters held the spraying pipe with their dexterous hand. The size of the hands resembles that of a 13-year-old boy, but considering they were probably smaller in size, it is speculated that they could be a few years older, and marked their advancement into manhood by stamping their hands on the walls of this sacred cave

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