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Photo Archives: Paleolithic Art in Northern Spain


Preview Edition

  • 13 photos(about1280x1000,1470x980/JPEG) and the 4 variation(about1280x1000/JPEG).
  • 1 movies(QuickTime) of photo shooting in the Chamber of Hinds of Arenaza cave.
  • Commentary by César González Sainz & Roberto Cacho Toca, Univ. of Cantabria.
  • Royality Free for private and educational use.
In this downloadable photo archives are contained 13 photos and the 4 variation of Paleolithic cave art of Arenaza cave with the archeological data and commentary and 1 movie that was shot during our shooting in the cave as shown in this preview pages. Only the small sized reference images and a part of commentary are shown in this preview edition, but if you are interested to see more and to use these photos, please go to Kagi store and purchase the data package. Once payment has been made at the Kagi store, you will receive an e-mail containing the URL to download the data package. All photos that are contained in this package are ROYALITY FREE for private and educational use.

Arenaza Cave

Cueva de Arenaza is situated on the side of the hill Pico de la Arena, 400m away from the village of San Pedro de Galdames, in Vizcaya. The geographical position of the cave, and the natural conditions of its surroundings, would have been highly suitable for settlements during long periods of time in the Upper Paleolithic. Its low altitude above sea level, about 150m, and its south-facing entrance, must have helped to ameliorate the harsh climatic conditions of the glaciations. At the same time, a steady supply of food by hunting and gathering was practically guaranteed during the Paleolithic. The cave is located near two areas where hunting gregarious animals must have been especially easy: the cliffs of the hills Monte Ganerán and Pico de la Cruz, in an area where the valley is narrower, near the present-day village of Garay. The River Galdames occupies the valley floor, about 80m below the cave, and this was doubtlessly fished by the prehistoric populations.



Apellániz, J. M. 1982: El arte prehistórico del Pais Vasco y sus vecinos. Desclée de Brouwer. Bilbao.

Photographed by Takeo Fukazawa & Co-Project Team of Texnai Inc. and the University of Cantabria
Comment by César González Sainz & Roberto Cacho Toca, Univ. of Cantabria

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