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Photo Archives: Paleolithic Art in Northern Spain


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  • Commentary by César González Sainz & Roberto Cacho Toca, Univ. of Cantabria.
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In this downloadable photo archives are contained 9 photos of Paleolithic cave art of Chufin cave with the archeological data and commentary 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.

Chufin Cave

Cueva de Chufin, or Moro Chufin, is located on the banks of the River Lamasón, 100m from its confluence with the River Nansa. The nearest village is Riclones, in the municipal district of Rionansa (Cantabria).

The landscape around the cave is now very different from the one that existed when it was occupied by Paleolithic populations. Apart from the climatic and vegetation changes that have taken place everywhere since the glaciation, a reservoir was built here in the 1960s, and this has altered the natural environment, both outside and inside the cave. Palombera reservoir has flooded the confluence of the two rivers, and its average level is 30m above the original course of the rivers. In this way, the water has filled lower caves, some of which might have formed part of the Chufin cave system, and is very close to the Paleolithic entrance of the cave. Inside the cave, the passage descends until it reaches a flooded section in the form of a permanent lake, which is so near to Paleolithic paintings that it could affect their conservation.



Almagro Basch, M., 1973: Las pinturas y grabados rupestres de la cueva de Chufin. Riclones (Santander). Trabajos de Prehistoria, 30, pp 9-67.

Almagro Basch, M.; Cabrera, V.; Bernaldo de Quirós, F. 1977: Nuevos hallazgos de arte rupestre en Cueva Chufin. Riclones (Santander). Trabajos de Prehistoria, 34, pp 9-29

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

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