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Photo Archives: Paleolithic Art in Northern Spain


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  • Commentary by César González Sainz & Roberto Cacho Toca, Univ. of Cantabria.
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In this downloadable photo archives are contained 9 photos of Paleolithic cave art of Santián 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.


Cueva de Santián is located near the village of Velo, in the municipal district of Piélagos. Its geographical location shows certain characteristics which are repeated in other sites corresponding to the late Würm. The lower course of the River Pas flows quite close to the cave, about 1km away, and the estuary and present coast are just 5km away. The distance separating Cueva de Santián from the Bay of Santander is also relatively short, about 8km. However, during the Würm glaciation, sea level was about 100m lower than today, and the cave would have been 13km from the coastline then. Although the position of Santián, on the ridge between the valleys of the Pas and the Miera, was very good from the strategic point of view, the direction of the entrance, which faces north-east, and its narrowness and humidity, could not have encouraged its prolonged use as a habitat, especially in a region that is so rich in open, available caves.



Alcalde del Rio, H.; Breuil, H.; Sierra, L. 1911. Les cavernes de la region Cantabrique. A. Chene, Monaco.

Moure, A. 1991-92. Documentación del arte rupeste cantábrico: la cueva de Santián (Piélagos, Cantabria). Zephyrus 44-45, pp 7 - 15.

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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