Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas (1999)
Argentina

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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. 

United Nations (Vienna) 2007. Cuevas de las Manos.

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. 

  • United Nations (Vienna) 2007. Cuevas de las Manos. 

Argentina 1993. The Cave of the Hands in Santa Cruz.

Argentina 1995. Block of four with Native Heritage.

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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Other World Heritage Sites in Argentina (on this website). Eventually refer to the UNESCO-listing, Argentina-Section, for further information on the individual properties.

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