Altamira Caves

Suances could be a good base for visiting Altamira caves and its Museum, located a distance of 9km.

It was in 1868 and 1879 when they were recorded of Homo Sapiens, corresponding to the Upper Paleolithic Magdalenian and Solutrean smaller number, in the famous Altamira Cave, but due to deterioration thereof, restricting access, and built, next to the original cave, the new facility of the Museum of Altamira and Neocave, reliable and meticulous replica of the original.

They belong to the Solutrean, red monochrome paintings depicting horses, a goat, negative hands, and other unidentified. Is attributed to the Magdalenian, about 14,500 years ago, the rest of the ceiling paintings Polychrome: a herd of bison, a deer, horses, wild boar and other possible signs without clear identification for the moment. In the more remote and narrow gallery, are the horses, deer, bison and abstract figures tectiform of Horsetail.

Creating a scene integrating several figures, reliefs using own cave to generate volumes and perfection in the art of engraving, which gets chiaroscuro with only two pigments, the charcoal black and red oxides, make it unique this cave.

Since its discovery by a hunter in 1868 and later study by Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola has been excavated and studied by leading prehistorians of times each was admitted once belonging to the Paleolithic.

The paintings and engravings of the cave belong to the Solutrean and Magdalenian periods mainly and some others, the Gravettian and early Aurióaciense, the latter according to tests using uranium series. This way you can ensure that the cave was used for several periods, at least about 22 000 years, from about 35 600 to 13 000 years ago when the main entrance to the cave was sealed by a landslide, all within the Paleolithic superior.

Only 10 minutes drive from our accommodation can enjoy cultural experiences in the world.

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