Most Asian cave artists could have been women
October 11 , 2013
According to a Penn State archaeologist, most of the ancient cave art was done by women. Considering that cave paintings have been ascribed to ancient men, this intriguing theory could upend traditional notions.
The theory is based on a new study, which proved that three-quarters of fingers of stenciled hands found in European caves belonged to women.
The ring and index fingers in women's hands measure the same length and the archaeologist believes these hands belonged to females.
"People have made a lot of unwarranted assumptions about who made these things," he said. If true, the study could alter ideas about traditional gender roles in the past.