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A santacruceña jewel

Cueva de las Manos is an archaeological site that contains cave paintings 9300 years old. Did you hear about this jewel?

According to the official website of this archaeological jewel, Cueva de las Manos is located in Area Alto Rio Pinturas, in the northwest of the  Province of Santa Cruz . More specifically in the Cañadón of that river, between the towns of Perito Moreno and Bajo Caracoles.

Experts say that above the  Pinturas River Valley there are  about eighty archaeological sites . However, none has the historical value of this prehistoric cave with brushstrokes of yesteryear.

 Rock art and its importance worldwide 

Through the paintings that were there remain intact, it was possible to understand what was the way of life and social practices of the members of the Tehuelche race and its predecessors.

 Petroglyphs , which are nothing less than  geometric engravings , allowed to know the relationship between their activities and knowledge. Wondering what is in this great mystical tunnel you can visit? The answer is all kinds of engravings! Dots, strokes and circles; but there are also human traces, traces of various types of animals and hints of these predecessors who left their stamp written on the stones.

The drawings of the Cueva de las Manos in Santa Cruz reveal groups of men in the middle of the hunt, guanacos, rheas and pumas. In addition, there are also concentric circles, geometric figures and designs that are believed to be stars like the moon.

The most striking and notorious thing about the cave are the  prehistoric painted hands   that are grouped together  . Side by side, down and up, in white, black and reddish tones on a surprising  stone wall that exhibits the Pinturas River .

 Its patrimonial value and importance worldwide 

According to the official website of attractiveness, UNESCO highlighted the importance of Cueva de las Manos as a  “pictorial ensemble unique in the world  for its antiquity and continuity over time. The beauty and conservation status of the paintings, the magnificence of the sets of negative hands and hunting scenes and the setting surrounding the site, were described as an  “exciting beauty  that deserved  “to be part of the cultural value of the site itself same”  ( COMOS , Paris 1999).

There is still no complete evidence about what happened here so many years ago; but the truth is that it is an area of high world preeminence. There are only two more around the planet that are similar to our Cueva de las Manos: the Chauvet Caves in France and the Altamira Caves in Spain.

 Other interesting facts about La Cueva de las Manos 

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