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Atlasobscura. Las Cueva de las Manos is tucked in the valley of the Pinturas River, in an isolated spot of the Argentine Patagonia, accessible via long gravel dirt roads.

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The trip can be rough, but is undoubtably worth it: It leads you to some of the earliest known forms of human art, dating back roughly 10,000 years. The prehistoric artwork painted on the walls of this desert cave is not only ancient, but beautiful. There are three distinct styles to be seen, believed to have been created by different peoples at different time periods.

But the highlight is what gives Las Cueva de las Manos, or “Cave of Hands,” its name: the hundreds of colorful handprints stencilled along the cave’s walls. The hand paintings are dated to around 5,000 BC. There are also hunting scenes and representations of animals and human life found in the cave, dating back even further than the stencilled hands, to around 7300 BC. Laser Scans Reveal Massive Khmer Cities Hidden in the Cambodian Jungle. Stonehenge Begins to Yield Its Secrets. Photo AMESBURY, England — About 6,300 years ago, a tree here toppled over.

Stonehenge Begins to Yield Its Secrets

For the ancients in this part of southern England, it created a prime real estate opportunity — next to a spring and near attractive hunting grounds. According to David Jacques, an archaeologist at the University of Buckingham, mud was pressed into the pulled-up roots, turning them into a wall. Nearby, a post was inserted into a hole, and that may have held up a roof of reeds or animal skin. Drones Reveal Hidden Ancient Village Buried In New Mexico. Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement.

Drones Reveal Hidden Ancient Village Buried In New Mexico

Called Blue J, this 1,000-year-old village was first identified by archaeologists in the 1970s. It sits about 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of the famed Chaco Canyon site in northwestern New Mexico and contains nearly 60 ancestral Puebloan houses around what was once a large spring. Now, the ruins of Blue J are obscured by vegetation and buried in eroded sandstone blown in from nearby cliffs. The ancient structures have been only partially studied through excavations. Last June, a team of archaeologists flew a small camera-equipped drone over the site to find out what infrared images might reveal under the surface. "I was really pleased with the results," said Jesse Casana, an archaeologist from the University of Arkansas. How it works The uncertain future of drones for science. 8 Amazing Separation Walls. Hadrian's Wall Hadrian was born on January 24, 76 A.D.

8 Amazing Separation Walls

He died on July 10, 138, having been emperor since 117. Mementos of Hadrian's reign persist in the form of coins and the many building projects he undertook. The most famous is the wall across Britain that was named Hadrian's Wall. Hadrian's Wall was built, beginning in 122, to keep Roman Britain safe from hostile attacks from the Picts. Century of Progress: Haunted Houses in the Midwest Gardenista. Older Century of Progress: Haunted Houses in the Midwest by Ron Reason Issue 44 · Miss Havisham · October 31, 2012 Newer Issue 44 · Miss Havisham · October 31, 2012 Share on email A haunted house sighting, from a trusted source: What good fortune, I think!

Century of Progress: Haunted Houses in the Midwest Gardenista

Photographs by Ron Reason. Above: A 1949 Jacob Lustron house built years after the Chicago World's Fair. Above: I have a bog for a neighbor. Above: In the middle of the woods I come upon a decrepit circus wagon, waiting for Hansel and Gretel to approach. Above: Having been raised among the farmlands of nearby La Porte, Indiana, I grew up fascinated by milkweed. Above: Is it a playhouse? 12 Most Breathtaking Vaulted Ceilings. Sainte-Chappelle in Paris, France.

12 Most Breathtaking Vaulted Ceilings

Photographer David Stephenson. The Église Saint-Nizier (St. Nizier Church) is a Flamboyant Gothic church built during the 14th and 15th centuries. Introduction. Alabama Shipwreck Uncovered By Hurricane Isaac Appears On Beach (VIDEO, PHOTOS) A mysterious shipwreck, recently uncovered by Hurricane Isaac, has appeared on an Alabama beach six miles from Fort Morgan.

Alabama Shipwreck Uncovered By Hurricane Isaac Appears On Beach (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Meyer Vacation Rentals, a local real estate company catering to the Gulf Shores area, posted photos of the ship to its Facebook page following the storm. Scroll For Photos According to the Birmingham News, this isn't the first time that the wreckage has shown up. The wrecked ship was partially uncovered by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and reappeared following Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and then again after Hurricane Ike in 2008. There has been debate over the ship's identity. The wreck is now thought to be the Rachael, a three-mast schooner that ran aground during a 1933 storm. People have been drawn to the wreck since it was uncovered, fostering concern for several reasons.

“I’ve always thought it would be kind of cool for them to excavate this thing and move it… preserve what they can and take it to the museum,” Bill Berrey, a longtime resident, told WALA.