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Prehistoric hunting scenes unearthed in Spanish cave
The Art Newspaper ^ | 5-23-2014 | BelÚn Palanco

Posted on 05/25/2014 8:52:16 AM PDT by Renfield

Antiquities and Archaeology Conservation News Spain

Prehistoric hunting scenes unearthed in Spanish cave

Threat of vandalism puts ancient paintings at risk

A cave painting of a bull, with colours accentuated by archaeologists. Credit: Courtesy of Ines Domingo

A series of hunting scenes dating from 7,000 years ago have been found by archaeologists on the six-metre long wall of a small cave in the region of Vilafranca in Castellón, eastern Spain—but it is being kept a secret for now.

A layer of dust and dirt covered ten figures, including bulls, two archers and a goat. The murals were exposed to harsh weather but the paintings pigments have not seriously deteriorated.

Inés Domingo Sanz, a research professor at the University of Barcelona, and Dídac Román, a research associate (archaeology) at the University of Toulouse II Le Mirail and University of Valencia, discovered the site while undertaking government-sponsored research into another excavation area in the region. Sanz says that “some of the [painting] details are unique [and unlike anything] across the entire Mediterranean Basin”. A planned publication will throw light on the rare archaeological find.

The cave was discovered in November 2013 but its location will only be revealed once security measures are in place, after vandals defaced a 5,000-year-old rock painting in Spain’s southern Jaén province in April.

A painting of an archer



TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: archaeology; archery; art; godsgravesglyphs; paleolithic; spain

1 posted on 05/25/2014 8:52:16 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 05/25/2014 8:52:36 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

And where was peleoPETA?


3 posted on 05/25/2014 8:53:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek
And where was peleoPETA?

Being gored and eaten by pictured bull before the archer got to it.

4 posted on 05/25/2014 8:58:30 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks Renfield.

5 posted on 05/25/2014 9:05:48 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Renfield

I recognize Picasso in his blue period.


6 posted on 05/25/2014 9:43:21 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Renfield

In a nearby cave, researchers discovered the figure of a Moor clan chief with large ears and what is thought to be a prehistoric sand wedge clutched in his hands.


7 posted on 05/25/2014 9:48:28 AM PDT by twister881
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To: twister881

Mesolithic community organizer?


8 posted on 05/25/2014 9:57:49 AM PDT by varmintman (It must really suck to be a Nazi in Kiev these days...)
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To: twister881

Was he with an amazon?


9 posted on 05/25/2014 10:00:14 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Renfield
I'll bet if they poke around the back of the cave, they'll find a few of these scattered around

Some good ole boys, out on a huntin' trip, a campfire...

10 posted on 05/25/2014 10:19:28 AM PDT by seowulf (Cogito cogito, ergo cogito sum. Cogito.---Ambrose Bierce)
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To: Renfield

I recall when I was small
How I spent my days alone
The busy world was not for me
So I went and found my own
I would climb the garden wall
With a candle in my hand
I’d hide inside a hall of rock and sand
On the stone an ancient hand
In a faded yellow-green
Made alive a worldly wonder
Often told but never seen
Now and ever bound to labor
On the sea and in the sky
Every man and beast appeared
A friend as real as I

[Chorus]
Before the fall when they wrote it on the wall
When there wasn’t even any Hollywood
They heard the call
And they wrote it on the wall
For you and me we understood

Can it be this sad design
Could be the very same
A wooly man without a face
And a beast without a name
Nothin’ here but history
Can you see what has been done
Memory rush over me
Now I step into the sun


11 posted on 05/25/2014 11:15:04 AM PDT by golux
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To: Renfield

I have never seen a prehistoric painting of vegetarians : )


12 posted on 05/25/2014 12:31:13 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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