Friday, October 11, 2013

The Paleolithic Artist

Ancient handprints from a Borneo cave

"An archaeologist’s analysis of ancient handprints could overturn decades of male bias regarding the origin of cave paintings.

Prehistoric hand stencils have been found with cave paintings across the world, but, because the art mainly features game animals such as bison and mammoths, the weight of scholarly opinion is that they were made by male hunters as a record of their kills.

However, Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University studied hundreds of hand stencils in 8 cave art sites in France and Spain and, based on their finger length, determined that three-quarters of them were made by women."

- Sandra Rimmer via an October 9th, 2013 article found here

No, Trans-D is not becoming a news site... but, I couldn't resist posting this tidbit!



Photo of Moche pottery found here

...And, while I'm at it, for new tidbits illuminating a slightly more "contemporary" time in ancient herstory, see these articles about the recent archaeological discoveries regarding the Moche civilization, and the Lady of CaoTomb find confirms women ruled ancient Peru and Girl power in ancient Peru confirmed.


  1. Most interesting..and I think.most plausible. I checked out the other linked articles and was, frankly, surprised by the comments from others (particularly on the National Geographic article). I expected more....hmmmmmmmm......latitude in thinking.

    1. Ha! I only wish I were surprised by the comments!
      Then again, there is that biologist who theorized that, due to the size and proportions of the handprints, the artists must've been adolescent boys! Apparently "female" didn't even enter the equation. ;-)

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    1. Yes, I bet you did! ;-)
      I guess if we're trying to set the record straight about herstory, we may as well start at the very beginning... with preherstory, and ihe preherstoric artist!
      (Nice to see you again, K!)