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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 © iStockphoto / edurivero.

Pictographs: Ontario, Canada
Agawa Rock pictographs

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

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 © iStockphoto / edurivero.

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 © iStockphoto / skilpad.

Pictographs: Brazil
Pictographs in Brazil

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

Pictographs: South Africa
Pictographs near Drakensberg, South Africa

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

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 © iStockphoto / Matthew Scherf.

Pictographs: Namibia
Pictographs in Namibia

Pictographs of Bushmen of the Namibian Desert of Africa. Image © iStockphoto / Jan Derksen.

Pictographs: Utah
Pictographs in Utah

Pictographs representing people from the Fremont Culture. Image © iStockphoto / Andrea Gingerich.

Pictographs: British Columbia, Canada
Pictographs in British Columbia

Pictograph painted on a bluff near Vaseux Lake, British Columbia, Canada. Image © iStockphoto / Laure Neish.

Pictographs: Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Pictographs at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

Native American pictographs and petroglyphs at Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Image © iStockphoto / Karen Parker.

Pictographs: Aruba
Pictographs in Aruba

Ancient pictographs photographed in a cave on the island of Aruba. Image © iStockphoto / zinchik.

Pictographs: Nevada
Pictographs in Nevada

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

Pictographs: Utah
Pictographs in Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Native American pictographs of hands, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, United States. Image © iStockphoto / Andrea Gingerich.

Pictographs: Mexico
Pictographs in Mexico

Pictographs photographed in Mexico. Image © iStockphoto / Juan Rodriguez.

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