Cave of Chufín

Cave of Chufín
Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain *
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Country Spain
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii
Reference 310
Region ** Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1985 (9th Session)
Extensions 2008
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List
** Region as classified by UNESCO

The cave of Chufín located in the town of Riclones in Cantabria (Spain). It is located in the place of confluence of the Lamasón and Nansa rivers in an environment with steep slopes where there are several caves with rock art. It is one of the caves included in the list of World Heritage of UNESCO since July 2008, within the site «Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain».

It were discovered by the photographer Manuel de Cos Borbolla, natural of Rabago (Cantabria)

In Chufín found different levels of occupation, the oldest being around 20000 years old. The cave, small size, has some deep sentillez subtle engravings and paintings from red deer, goats and cattle that are represented very schematically.

It also found a large number of symbols. One group, called type "sticks", accompanies the paintings inside animals. There is also a large number of drawings puntillaje, among which around each hole in the rock which has been interpreted as a representation of a vulva.

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