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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain, Spain

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Cave of Altamira is a cave in Cantabria, Spain, that has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site for its Paleolithic cave art.

The Cave of Altamira is located in the town of Santillana del Mar, about 30 km from the city of Santander, in Cantabria, Spain. It measures 296 meters long, and comprises several twisiting passages and chambers. Scientists have found artifacts in the cave dating from at least 14,000 years ago.


This is a reproduction of the cave painting at Altamira, seen at the Deutsches Museum, Munich
This is a reproduction of the cave painting at Altamira, seen at the Deutsches Museum, Munich
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The Caves of Altamira also has cave paintings done with charcoal and ochre or haematite. Among the drawings are a herd of bison, two horses, a large doe and possibly a wild boar.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 9th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, on 2 - 6 December, 1985.

Location: N43 22 57.1 W4 6 58.2 in Santillana del Mar, Province and Autonomous Community of Cantabria.
Inscription Year: 1985
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, III
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