With this article, published in two parts due to its extension, the author presents a singular set of rock paintings, most of them of probable archaic antiquity, found in different rock shelters of the Grau province in the Peruvian department of Apurímac. Iglesiamachay is the best conserved site, standing out for the large number of zoomorphous figures, as well as the peculiarity and artistic quality of the representations. The oldest ones consist of about fifty wild camelid and deer figures of great size and naturalistic style, which attract the attention of the observer because of the different colours and designs applied in the decoration of the interior of the bodies. The existence of multiple superpositions evidences the re-use of the shelter for the production of new paintings during the Archaic and later pre-Columbian periods.
The deterioration suffered by the paintings in the great panel Iglesiamachay make it practically unviable the documentation using conventional methods without prior improvement. By submitting photographs taken by digital processing by Image J D-Stretch (Mark and Billo 2006, 2010; www.dstretch.com...), came to light not only the anatomical details of many of the figures barely recognizable at first glance, but, above all, the vast range of designs and colors used to decorate the body of animals and in some cases overlaps the sequence of figures.
Originally posted by punkinworks10
reply to post by Trueman
Hey there trueman,
Thats fascinating stuff, is there any information on the age of these works.
Just by the nature of the work I'd say they were VERY OLD.
Like VERY VERY OLD. This intrigues me, as in my recent reading I've become convinced of a very early entrance to the new world by humans. S&F
Originally posted by Terminal1
Thanks for posting. I feel too ignorant to post anything else lol