Sunday 25 August 2019

Global Village: When a cave is an early art gallery

Cave paintings...

Cueva del Pindal
Cueva del Pindal

Anna Coogan

When it comes to checking out art on holidays, Cueva del Pindal in Cantabria in Spain contains some of the world's oldest etchings which are thought to date back to the Lower Paleolithic and Bronze Age.

The cave, located on the northern coast of Spain, near the town of Pimiango and the Cantabrian Sea, is home to several well-executed paintings of deer, horses, bison and a fish, some of which are thought to be 13,000 to 20,000 years old.

The cave paintings were discovered in 1908, and there are also bunches of vertical lines and dots on the walls of the cave, which art experts believe denote the passing of time to the early artists for whom the cave was a canvas.

The cave is open to the public throughout the year.

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