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Rock Art of Amambay

Rock art is the longest unbroken human tradition, found in every habitable continent. Rock art gives us an insight into the minds of those who came before us. Once it dotted the landscape, now it resides in few special places on earth. One of those place is the Amambay hills, deep in the heart of South America, Paraguay. 

Archeologists from the National Museum and Research Centre of Altamira have studied the rock art of Amambay, and found it to be the oldest rock art in the region. They found that the unique style of rock art, originated in the Amambay hills and spread to neighboring countries.

By following the clues in the storytelling of the Pai Tavytera, and the latest scientific research we've been able to find an interesting intersection where science and ancient wisdom meet. 

The rock art of Amambay lasted as long as they have because they are found in remote areas. Now, with the increasing expansion of slash and burn agricultural practices, the protection afforded by trees is being removed. This, makes the rock art more vulnerable to damage from natural elements, vandals, and treasure hunters. 

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The future of the rock art

We hope that our documentary (the photos, images and sound of our project) could be used by the Paraguayan government in a request to UNESCO to include the Amambay Petroglyphs in the World Heritage List. We believe that it fulfills the following criterion:
 "An outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, which is representative of a culture, or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change"

The petroglyphs in Amambay are the best examples, the most varied, and the oldest in the region. I believe we have to give it a lot of value since it has cultural impact on an universal level.”
— José Antonio Lasheras, Director of the National Museum and Research Centre of Altamira.