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A pictograph is a drawing or painting that is created on a rock. It is not "carved" into the rock - that would be a "petroglyph."

Cueva de las Manos, Argentina
Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for Cave of the Hands) is a series of caves in Argentina where ancient people painted on the walls starting over 9,000 years ago. The wall above is one of many that is covered with hand silhouettes. These silhouettes are thought to be made by the artist placing a hand on the wall and then blowing liquid pigment through a hollow bone to spray-paint the wall. The paintings in the caves are so significant that Cueva de las Manos, Patagonia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Image by edurivero


Pictographs: Cave of the Hands, Argentina

Pictographs at Cueva de las Manos
Not all of the paintings at "Cave of the Hands" are hands in silhouette. Some are geometric designs, animals, hunters and weapons. Pigments used include: iron oxides (reds), kaolin (white), natrojarosite (yellow), and manganese oxides (black). Image by edurivero ©


Pictographs: Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

Pictographs at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Native American pictographs and petroglyphs at Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Image by Karen Parker ©


Pictographs: Aruba

Pictographs in Aruba
Ancient pictographs photographed in a cave on the island of Aruba. Image by zinchik ©


Pictographs: Australia

Pictographs in Australia
Aboriginal pictographs of the Gagudju people of Northern Australia. The art is believed to be at least 5,000 years old. Image by Matthew Scherf ©

Related:   A Worldwide Petroglyph Photo Gallery


Pictographs: Brazil

Pictographs in Brazil
Pictographs painted on a Monte Alegre cave in the Para State of Brazil. Image by Brasil2 ©


Pictographs: British Columbia, Canada

Pictographs in British Columbia
Pictograph painted on bluff near Vaseux Lake, British Columbia, Canada. Image by Laure Neish ©


Pictographs: Mexico

Pictographs in Mexico
Pictographs photographed in Mexico. Image by Juan Rodriguez ©


Pictographs: Nevada

Pictographs in Nevada
Pictographs made by Native Americans at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, USA. Image by Robert Maxwell ©


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Pictographs: Ontario, Canada

Agawa Rock pictographs
"Two Figures" from the Agawa Rock pictographs, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Image by David Lewis ©


Pictographs: Namibia

Pictographs in Namibia
Pictographs of bushmen of the Namibian Desert of Africa. Image by Jan Derksen ©


Pictographs: South Africa

Pictographs near Drakensberg, South Africa
Pictographs on a rock wall near Drakensberg, South Africa. Image by Henk Badenhorst ©


Pictographs: South Africa

Pictographs in South Africa
Hunter pictographs on the wall of a cave in the Cederberg region of South Africa. These images are thought to have been painted about 1500 years ago. Image by skilpad ©


Pictographs: Utah

Pictographs in Utah
Pictographs representing people from the Fremont Culture. Image by Andrea Gingerich ©


Pictographs: Utah

Pictographs in Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Native American pictographs of hands, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, United States. Image by Andrea Gingerich ©

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