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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

PORTUGAL / SPAIN - Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde

"The two Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley (Portugal) and Siega Verde (Spain) are located on the banks of the rivers Agueda and Côa, tributaries of the river Douro, documenting continuous human occupation from the end of the Paleolithic Age. Hundreds of panels with thousands of animal figures (5,000 in Foz Côa and around 440 in Siega Verde) were carved over several millennia, representing the most remarkable open-air ensemble of Paleolithic art on the Iberian Peninsula.

Côa Valley and Siega Verde provide the best illustration of the iconographic themes and organization of Paleolithic rock art, using the same modes of expression in caves and in the open air, thus contributing to a greater understanding of this artistic phenomenon. Together they form a unique site of the prehistoric era, rich in material evidence of Upper Paleolithic occupation. -http://whc.unesco.org

Postcard 1: Côa Valley, Portugal



Thank you so much for this postcard, Ana! =)


Postcard 2: Côa Valley, Portugal



Thank you so much Tanea for sharing with me the above card with colorful stamp! =)


Postcard 3: Siega Verde, Spain



"While visiting the archaeological site of Siega Verde,
you can see some of these decorated panels which were carved over several millenia",
shares Fabienne. Amazing!
Thank you so much Fabienne for sharing with me this postcard! =)

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