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Cave Art Mystery
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Stone Gallery
Photograph by Carsten Peter

At the top of a wall in Gua Ham, Fage (left) and Jufri examine a series of hand stencils. The designs were created by prehistoric artists who placed their hands on the rocky wall, then blew red pigment over skin and stone. The Borneo caves hold more than 1,500 individual hand stencils, many of them, like these, arranged in groups and marked with symbols not yet deciphered. The similarity of this art to prehistoric Aboriginal paintings, as well as its early date, has led Chazine to speculate that some of the first humans to settle Australia may have passed through this part of Borneo.
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon 1D
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 200mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/32 @ f/5

Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: 4:05 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Artificial lighting

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