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Analyse chiroscopique des points-paumes de la Grotte aux Points, Aiguèze, Gard

Abstract : The Upper Paleolithic paintings discovered in the Grotte aux Points (Gard, France) incorporate an important series of red dots exhibiting friction ridge impressions. Those traces are the result of pigmented palms being pressed against the cave walls. The conservation of that kind of marks is extraordinary in an archaeological context. The presence of the before mentioned friction ridge impressions made it possible to conduct a chiroscopic analysis on the recorded material. preliminary results are presented subsequently for the first time. In the course of the study palm areas leaving their impressions on the wall were precisely identified and papillary patterns as well as ridge characteristics (= minutiae) were discovered. The gained results provide guidance about the technical manufacturing process of the palm prints. Among other things it was revealed that all evaluable prints where applied with right hands, that in some cases there might have occurred multiple touching events and that an a posteriori crayoning of the white area in the center of the palm prints, the white area being a feature often observed in crime scene traces that is related to the hand morphology, did presumably not take place.
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Marius Achtelik, Harald Floss, Michael Nagel, Julien Monney. Analyse chiroscopique des points-paumes de la Grotte aux Points, Aiguèze, Gard. KARSTOLOGIA, Fédération Française de Spéléologie et Association Française de Karstologie, 2019, La Grotte aux Points d’Aiguèze (Gard) : Petite sœur de la Grotte Chauvet 2/2, pp.33-40. ⟨hal-01957641⟩



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