Prehistoric Cave Paintings Discovered in Northern Spain

January 16, 2015 / Spain, Europe
Prehistoric art found in Danbolinzulo cave.

Prehistoric art found in Danbolinzulo cave. Photo via El Pais

A number of cave paintings were unexpectedly discovered during the inspection of a small cave in the Basque Country area of Gipuzkoa, in northern Spain.

Spain’s El Pais reports that a team of experts were visiting Danbolinzulo cave, where in 1980 ceramic remains from the Bronze Age were found, in December when they came upon a group of previously unknown paintings.

The paintings, a number identified as deer and goats figures, are thought to be between 33,000 and 18,000 years old and bear similarities, specifically the artists style, the state of degradation and red iron oxide paint, with other prehistoric cave art in the region.

There is not a single thread to doubt its authenticity. Marcos García, University of the Basque Country

Researchers are now investigating to determine the precise age of the paintings and if they were all made during the same period.

Halladas en una cueva de Gipuzkoa pinturas de hace 18.000 años [El Pais via Alex Sproul]

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