A tiny hand, originally assumed to be of a very young child or infant was stenciled inside the outline of an adult hand on the wall of the Wadi Sura II rock shelter about 8,000 years ago. New research suggests that the prints were actually made by reptiles.

Anthropologist Suggests that Tiny Stone Age Cave ‘Handprints’ Are Not Actually Human Hands

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“We have a modern conception that nature is something that humans are separate from. But in this huge collection of images we can detect that humans are just part of a bigger natural world. It's very challenging for us as researchers to interpret these paintings since we have a culture that's totally different [from the one that created it].”

Featured image: A tiny hand, originally assumed to be of a very young child or infant was stenciled inside the outline of an adult hand on the wall of the Wadi Sura II rock shelter about 8,000 years ago. New research suggests that the prints were actually made by reptiles. Source: Emmanuelle Honoré

By Alicia McDermott

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Assuming the hands were stenciled by the person the prints belonged to, these prints also show that some people back then were left handed.

LOUIS MILLETTE's picture

I have send a email to Emmanelle Honore telling her that in fact those are almost new born baby hand Since we could not insert image here it will be hard to prove my point Most of the other hand are female hand. So i could say that when a woman was given birth of a new baby they recorded this event on the wall for the future that is now...

Reminiscent of raccoon "hands". Some raccoons can grow large enough to have hands the size of a newborn, complete with thumbs, yet the thumb is set a bit more to the side, and the central digits are usually longer. Raccoons are also kept as pets by some people.

Tsurugi's picture

Could be that's what he meant, but if so, those people were the progenitors of the field. Archaeology is a relatively new discipline; the explorers and "antiquarians" of the late eighteen and early nineteen hundreds are the forefathers of modern archaeology. Referring to them as "amateurs" seems a bit misleading as there were no concomitant professionals, and the professionals who came later were their direct descendants, methodologically speaking.

If there are no professionals, there are no amateurs.

In referring to the rich amateurs - I think he means that years ago there were many 'explorers' and 'archaeologists' who found ancient things but didn't adhere to the developing science of how to investigate and dig up artifacts, and they often destroyed history. Nowadays that is not so true, of course if an amateur does do that now it can lead to fines, but much less likely now.

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