Deer, horses, tours: a hundred Neolithic rock paintings were found in Spain. PHOTO

Deer, horses, tours: a hundred Neolithic rock paintings were found in Spain.  PHOTO

In Spain, archaeologists have found more than 100 ancient rock paintings at least 24,000 years old. Archaeologists have discovered a large monument of Paleolithic cave art in the Cova Dones cave in Millares, near Valencia, Arkeonews reports. The researchers saw at least 19 confirmed images of animals, including deer, horses, tur (an extinct wild bull) and deer. The rest of the drawings consist of signs (rectangles, meanders), lines and poorly preserved unidentified images. Scientists assume that this find is the most important of all on the eastern coast of the Iberian Sea in Europe. Photo: Antiquity Neolithic art was discovered by researchers from the Universities of Zaragoza and Alicante (Spain) and the Department of Archeology at the University of Southampton (Great Britain). The discovery was made in June 2021, but the results of the study were published in the journal Antiquity only now. “When we saw the first drawn tour, we knew right away that it was important. Although Spain is the country with the largest number of Paleolithic cave art sites, most of them are concentrated in the north of Spain. Eastern Iberia is the area that has been documented so far there are only a few such monuments,” says Aitor Ruiz-Redondo, a research participant and professor of ancient history at the University of Zaragoza. The research team documented more than a hundred drawings at Cova Dones. However, the real shock of realizing their importance came during the research. “As soon as we started a proper systematic study, we realized that we were dealing with a large monument of cave art, similar to those that can be found elsewhere in Cantabrian Spain, in the south of France or in Andalusia,” the scientists say. Archaeologists have found more than 100 ancient rock drawings at least 24 thousand years old. The drawings contain a large number of different motifs and techniques. Unusually, most of them were made using clay. Thanks to the humidity in the cave, they were well preserved. “Animals and signs were depicted simply by running fingers and palms in clay along the walls. The moist environment of the cave did the rest. The “paintings” dried quite slowly, preventing parts of the clay from falling off quickly, and other parts were covered with layers of calcite, which preserved them to this day “, – comments researcher Aitor Ruiz-Redondo. Read also: About life, childbirth and death: 8,000-year-old rock paintings were found in Turkey. PHOTO

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