Ancient Paleolithic Artwork Discovered in Spain’s Cova Dones Cave


Unveiling what is now deemed the “most significant Paleolithic sanctuary” ever found on the Eastern Iberian Coast, a group of archeologists have brought to light remarkable Paleolithic paintings nestled within the famous tourist spot, Cova Dones, in Millares, Spain. Dating back to the 18th century, this cave has been a site of exploration for many years, but it was only in June 2021 when the colorful illustrations from the bygone era were discovered.

The recent unearthing came into existence when three scholarly archeologists took it upon themselves to meticulously study the ancient etchings and carvings that adorned the cave walls. The academically-prized British journal Antiquity published their findings this month, adding a new chapter to the rich history of this region. The depicted artworks within the cave were declared as “unprecedented” not only for its regional uniqueness but also for the specialized painting techniques that were employed, mentioned the report.

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What makes this discovery particularly rare and enchanting is the impeccable aging of the applied clay in a damp environment shielded under the cloak of thick calcite layers which elegantly spread across the markings and carvings. The study dive deeper into the historical context of the etched cave markings found within the realm of European Paleolithic Art. It verified the presence of 19 different animal depictions, which included hinds, horses, aurochs, and a deer.

Further examination led the archeologists to the estimation that the ensemble of the cave’s unique markings could possibly be a minimum of approximately 24,000 years old. The research is still in its nascent stage and the nearly 500-meter long cave beckons more explorations. The study concluded indicating plans for further multidisciplinary investigations within the cave, optimistic of revealing more insights about the early stages of Stone Age anthropological art.