Prehistoric cave art discovered 300 metres below the ground

A series of prehistoric cave paintings has been uncovered in the Basque Country (Northern Spain). The paintings include those of bison, horses and goats. They were discovered by archaeologist Diego Garate at a depth of 300m in the Atxurra caves. The paintings are between 12,000 and 14,000 years old and depict traditional hunting scenes, including a bison pierced with over 20 spears.

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Cave art found in Atxurra caves (by The Local)

The cave joins that at Altamira as one of Spain’s most exciting and best-preserved set of cave paintings. The Atxurra caves were originally discovered in 1929, but as the paintings are at a depth of 300 metres, they went undiscovered until now.

Cave art found in Atxurra caves (by The Local)
Cave art found in Atxurra caves (by The Local)

(after The Local)

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