Unformatted text preview: Cueva de la Pasiega
Deepika Mukhara Base Questions
Base What is it?
Where is it?
What is its date?
What was its function?
Who made it? http://www.panoramio.com/photo
/17973231 Cave Art
Cave Any sort of manmade drawing or depiction found in a cave
• Found on walls, ceilings, and floors
Can depict concrete or abstract objects
Used in transitional rituals
Currently unknown when cave art started being created Material, size, shape, and distinguishing features are important
Most cave art occurs in shallow caves, unlike this Site Background
Site Found in Puente Viesgo, Spain
In the river Pas’ valley
Many other caves in the area
• Hornos de la Pena
• Monte Castillo Same cave group as
• Las Monedas
El Castillo Cave is located in Monte Castillo
%C3%B3n_del_monte_Castillo_%28Cantabria%29.png Cave Layout
Cave The cave is split into four zones
Divisions based on the paintings
Each section has a gallery and a sanctuary http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5b/La_Pasieg
aPlano_%28Cantabria%29.png Gallery A / 1 Sanctuary
st 95 meters deep • Further areas exist but are inaccessible Sanctuary starts at 75 meters in • Contains most of the paintings
• Many animal paintings, including deer, cattle, and horses http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/33/La_Pasiega
Galer%C3%ADa_A1er_Santuario.png Gallery B / 2 Sanctuary
nd Connected to Gallery A
Different animal distribution • Equal deer and horses, less cattle Other original figures
A fish and a large ibex
Historia/PREH/imagen_Cueva_Castillo.jpg Gallery C / 3 Sanctuary
rd Two “Large Groups” of paintings
Similar paintings to other galleries
Interpretation of symbols hindered by new obstructions
Near one of the earliest records, corresponding to the time of gallery C there have been documents of colors such as
• black and even strokes recorded http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5
3er_Santuario.png Zone D
Zone Extension of Gallery C
Images are less common and more sporadic
Some patterns still continue http://rpmedia.ask.com/ts?
Galeria_Apanel_16.png Gallery Differences
Gallery Gallery A • Less engraved art Gallery B • Different ideomorphs
• Fewer paintings Gallery C
enMonteCastillo.jpg Two sanctuaries
First sanctuary has red art
Second sanctuary has black art Dotted signs Ideomorphs
Ideomorphs • Primarily in Galleries B and C
• Found in both large and small groups Linear signs • Found in many contexts
• Very complex groupings Claviform signs • Found abundantly except in Gallery A
• Associated with horses http://wiki
La_PasiegaGaleria_Apanel_48.png Ideomorphs, cont.
Ideomorphs, Tectiform signs
• Most common signs
None in Gallery B
Many different rectangular shapes •
• La Trampa
“The Inscription” of Gallery B
Anthropomorphic signs Other unique signs http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/t
panel_60.png Works Cited
Works Berenguer, M. (1991). Cuevas de España. Madrid, Spain: León Everest.
LeroiGourhan, A. (1984). Símbolos, Artes y Creencias de la Prehistoria. Madrid, Spain:Editorial Istmo.
LeroiGourhan, A. (1958). La fonction des signes dans les sanctuaires paléolitiques. Bulletin de la Société Préhistorique Française, 55(0) , 78. ...
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course HISTORY 1027469 taught by Professor Sacks during the Spring '11 term at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
- Spring '11
- World History