PICTURES: Hand Stencils Through Time

PICTURES: Hand Stencils Through Time
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Ancient Maya artists left their mark in the Handprint Cave of Belize.

Scientists aren't sure what meaning or purpose these stencils, or negative handprints, had. But seeing a prehistoric handprint offers a powerful connection to the past.

"The first one I ever saw was in the Blue Mountains of Australia," archaeologist Dean Snow recalled. "It was very faint, but it gave me a sense of connectedness with the human being who had left it."
—Photograph by Stephen Alvarez
 
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