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Imagery of Human Hands in Rock Art

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    The Gardiner Petroglyph

    One of the most common design elements in rock art, in both petroglyph and pictograph form,  are images of the human hand. The Upper Paleolithic cultures of Western Europe left stenciled images of human hands deep within that region's limestone caverns. Such images are open to interpretation, of course. Kilroy was here, or something more?

    Here are examples of hand paintings/pictographs from around the globe:

    And a study of hand petroglyphs:

    The Gardiner Petroglyph is located in Washington Co., Rhode Island and is a pecked in image of an oversized left hand in granitic hardstone. These images were taken by myself in the late 1970's.

    Rhode Island