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La Haza

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  • Commentary by César González Sainz & Roberto Cacho Toca, Univ. of Cantabria.
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La Haza

Cueva de La Haza is located at the foot of the hill Monte Pando, 160m above sea level, on the right-hand bank of the River Calera, very near the Cantabrian town of Ramales de la Victoria. This hill has numerous caves, especially Covalanas, with an important group of Paleolithic paintings, and El Mirón, where an archaeological dig is examining levels that go from at least the Mousterian to the Bronze Age, in a cave which must have been the main habitation site in the area during the Upper Paleolithic.

The caves of Monte Pando are in a strategic geographical position. Apart from being a place with plentiful hunting and fishing, this area controls a natural gap for communication between the coastal strip and the high summer pastures, and beyond those, the Meseta. This route must have often been traveled, at least as far as the glaciers allowed, and not only by the Paleolithic human populations, but also by herds of ungulates. Cueva de La Haza is positioned precisely next to an old road which, in historical times, was the traditional way of communication between the Cantabrian coast and the Meseta in the south. During the Upper Paleolithic, it could have been used in the same way, at least in more temperate phases, uniting the Paleolithic sites in the Asón valley with a number of caves in the province of Burgos, like La Palomera in the Ojo Güareña cave system, Penches and even Atapuerca, all of which have Paleolithic cave art.



Moure Romanillo, A.; González Sainz, C.; González Morales, M. 1991. Las cuevas de Ramales de la Victoria, Cantabria. Universidad de Cantabria, Santander.

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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