Located an unusual set of Rock Engravings in Alkerdi 2

An unusual set of cave engravings, which respond to graphic conventions of the Graveastian period (between 28,000 and 20,000 years), has been located in the Alk

Located an unusual set of Rock Engravings in Alkerdi 2

An unusual set of cave engravings, which respond to graphic conventions of the Graveastian period (between 28,000 and 20,000 years), has been located in the Alkerdi 2 cave in the Navarro municipality of Urdazubi / Urdax.

The findings consist of a dozen recorded figurative representations, including bison, uros, horses and, in a special way, four vulvas, informs the Government of Navarra, which adds that they join, at least, five series of lines Doubles drawn in red paint.

They are located in a narrow galleries attached to those that are accessed by an almost impracticable gatera, all at a very deep point of the cavity, two floors below the current entrance.

The preliminary study developed, coordinated by the Prehistoric Rock Art Specialist Diego Garrate, from the University of Cantabria, will be presented at the European Heritage Days this Saturday at Urdazubi / Urdax.

For the time being, and even in the process of research, they point out that it is an exceptional set since it presents unusual characteristics in paleolithic rock art.

In this regard, Olivia Rivero, from the University of Salamanca and member of the research team, aimed that "the technological study of recorded furrows shows that the person who made them lacked the dexterity of the artists, in this sense, it seems a Apprentice or inexperienced because it is not able to create continuous and safe strokes. "

This seemingly intrascendent detail has great implications in future investigations and interpretation of rock art, since "generally, the walls seemed reserved for those with an artistic expertise as if access to them were restricted, but this new gallery has decolored us Fully, "says Garrate.

The localized figures respond to graphical conventions typical of the graveastic period (between 28,000 and 20,000 years) and the continental area of Europe, the experts say, which specify that it differs from the peninsular art of the time where similar examples are very scarce.

The new findings are joined to black and red and engraved paintings located in 2016 in the same project and which was the discovery of Alkerdi 2 as the second cave decorated from the Paleolithic known in the Forum Community.

At this time, with research still underway, Alkerdi 2 cave results from enormous importance for a better knowledge of the origins of artistic expression both in Spain and in the rest of Europe.

The history of Alkerdi and Berroberry caves as archaeological deposits starting at 1930 when N. Casteret discovers the first paleolytic cave engravings for Navarra.

Updated Date: 08 October 2021, 21:25

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