Cueva de las Manos World Heritage Site

A cave with cave paintings in Santa Cruz, Argentina

Cueva de las Manos
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Hands, at the Cave of the Hands
Official nameCueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas
LocationSanta Cruz, Argentina
CriteriaCultural: (iii)
Inscription1999 (23rd session)
Area600 ha (1,500 acres)
Buffer zone2,331 ha (5,760 acres)
Coordinates47°9′S 70°40′W / 47.150°S 70.667°W / -47.150; -70.667Coordinates: 47°9′S 70°40′W / 47.150°S 70.667°W / -47.150; -70.667
Cueva de las Manos is located in Santa Cruz Province
Cueva de las Manos
Location of Cueva de las Manos in Santa Cruz Province
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Cueva de las Manos is located in Argentina
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Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for Cave of Hands) is a cave or a series of caves located in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, 163 km (101 mi) south of the town of Perito Moreno. It is famous for (and gets its name from) the paintings of hands. The art in the cave dates from 13,000 to 9,000 years ago.[1] Several waves of people occupied the cave, and early artwork has been carbon-dated to ca. 9300 BP (about 7300 BC).[1] The age of the paintings was calculated from the remains of bone-made pipes used for spraying the paint on the wall of the cave to create silhouettes of hands.

The site was last inhabited around 700 AD, possibly by ancestors of the Tehuelche people.[1] It was entered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999.

  1. ^ a b c "Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas." UNESCO World Heritage List. Retrieved 7 March 2012.

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