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Altamira Cave
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: Prehistoric
Date of Inscription: 1985
Location: Europe, Spain, Santillana del Mar, Province and Autonomous Community of Cantabria
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Description: Lying in the province of Santander, this prehistoric site was populated in the Aurignacian period and then in the Solutrean and Magdalenian periods. Dating from this latter period are most of the site’s stone implements and, particularly, the great chamber’s renowned paintings (in ochre, red and black - illustrating a range of wild animals among them bison, horses, fawns and wild boar). --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Altamira (Spanish for 'high view') is a cave in Spain famous for its Upper Paleolithic cave paintings featuring drawings and polychrome rock paintings of wild mammals and human hands. It is located near the town of Santillana del Mar in Cantabria, Spain, 30 km west of the city of Santander. The cave with its paintings has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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