Rock Paintings from the Archaeological Area of Piripiri, Piauí, Brazil
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Luis Carlos Duarte Cavalcante • português
Abstract. The municipality of Piripiri, in the state of Piauí (Brazil), has several archaeological sites, essentially rock shelters and walls decorated with rock paintings or engravings, which are exceptional testimonies of ancient human activity. In the rural area of Piripiri, the villages Buriti dos Cavalos, Cadoz Velho, and Jardim, present some prehistoric inscriptions characterized by lush beauty, high density of graphic records, and frequent polychrome. These are areas of special interest to the archaeological study of rock art. In addition to the polychrome, there are overlaps and recurrences of rock records, painted in different moments of graphic evolution. The rock paintings consist of pure and geometric graphisms, human handprints, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic motifs, predominantly made in different tonalities of red, but also painted in yellow, black, gray (including a greenish-gray color), pink, white, and orangish tones.
Keywords: Rock paintings, Archaeological heritage, Prehistory.
Duarte Cavalcante, L. C. 2015. Pinturas rupestres da região arqueológica de Piripiri, Piauí, Brasil. Arqueología Iberoamericana 26: 6-12. PURL:
Publication date: 18 May 2015.

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