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Posted By: chacoansun, 07-17-2012, 08:50 AM

I have always marvelled at ancient handprints. These are Anasazi from southeast Utah with my wife's hand for comparison.

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07-17-2012, 09:06 AM   #2
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And along with the handprints come a thousand questions, who, when, why, what was this person like, etc,etc. Most people would never see these prints let alone capture them with a reference. The size makes me think a child, but we have grown larger thru the centuries and these could be adult handprints......TFS Cliff
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Thanks Cliff. Most anasazi were at the most 5'6" so these are probably adult size. I have seen kids and they are real small. Here is another one, this time painted

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Interesting. Are these pressed into clay or carved?

The Australian Aboriginal people also extensively used hand painting. They used two methods I am aware of. One by dipping the hand in ochre and using it as a stamp and the other by spraying ochre over the hand creating an outline.

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The petroglyphs (rock carvings) are actually etched or pecked into the stone. They definitely last longer than the pictographs (paintings) which are an iron oxide ground down to a powder and mixed with a binder such as egg yolks, water or even urine. There is even a negative effect where you put the paint in your mouth, place your hand on the wall and spray the paint around your hand leaving a negative effect.
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Very interesting photos with lots of great info to match. Thanks for sharing.

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