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La Lluera I

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  • 17 photos(about1280x1000/JPEG) and the 3 variations(about1470x980/JPEG).
  • Commentary by César González Sainz & Roberto Cacho Toca, Univ. of Cantabria.
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In this downloadable photo archives are contained 17 photos and the 3 variations of Paleolithic cave art of La Lluera I cave with the archeological data and commentary as shown in this preview pages. Only the small sized reference images and a part of commentary are shown in this preview edition, but if you are interested to see more and to use these photos, please go to Kagi store and purchase the data package. Once payment has been made at the Kagi store, you will receive an e-mail containing the URL to download the data package. All photos that are contained in this package are ROYALITY FREE for private and educational use.

La Lluera I Cave

The caves of La Lluera are located in the village of San Juan de Priorio, just a few kilometers from Oviedo. They are therefore in the middle valley of the River Nalón, only five meters above the present-day river level. La Lluera I is a short cave, made up of two short passages with separate entrances, which unite inside the cave. La Lluera II is situated fifty meters upstream, and is an even smaller cave. The art at La Lluera was discovered in 1979 by the Polifemo caving club of Oviedo, and its study began immediately under J. Fortea Pérez, who concentrated on the cave art, and J.A. Rodriguez Asensio, who took charge of the archaeological dig at the site. These professors have published important reports about the site.

The excavation of the archaeological deposit at La Lluera I, in the eastern passage, revealed evidence of human occupation at different moments during the Solutrean, developed in the region between 21,000 and 16,500 BP approximately. Materials from the much later Azilian period were also found (between 11,500 and 9000 BP in the Cantabrian), and a bone taken from this layer was dated by radiocarbon to 10,280 +/- 230 BP.



Fortea Pérez, J. 1989. Cuevas de La Lluera. Avance al estudio de sus artes parietales. Cien años después de Sautuola, pp. 187-202. Santander.

Rodriguez Asensio, A. 1990. Excavaciones arqueológicas realizadas en la cueva de "La Lluera" (San Juan de Priorio, Oviedo). Excavaciones Arqueológicas en Asturias 1983-86, pp. 15-17. Oviedo.

Photographed by Takeo Fukazawa & Co-Project Team of Texnai Inc. and the University of Cantabria
Commentary by César González Sainz & Roberto Cacho Toca, Univ. of Cantabria

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