The Caves of Nerja and the oldest cave paintings in Europe

According to a recent dating of organic remains found in the Caves of Nerja (Malaga), the researchers are considering new hypotheses about the age of the oldest artistic representation known to this day. These drawings, which are supposed to represent seals, are situated a thousand meters into the cave, a small space and with restricted access, which can only be accessed by caving equipment and which was discovered in the 70’s.

The organic remains found next to these drawings have an age of between 43,000 and 45,000 years and it has been hypothesized if the drawings have a similar age; a hypothesis which, if proven would revolutionize the history of Palaeolithic art, as hitherto assumed, that Neanderthal man was unaware of the art.

The caves of Nerja in Malaga are also known as the Natural Cathedral, for its huge domes covered with stalactites. A third of the large chambers are open to the public and also are held summer concerts in this spectacular setting. Other parts of the cave have access to caving trips on request.

Raúl G.T

Raúl G.T

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Travel blogger, web developer and content editor. Author of many of the travel guides and tips available online about Andalucia, Malaga and Spain.
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