Siega Verde

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Prehistoric Rock-Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde Paleolithic Art
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
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Engravings of animals.
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii
Reference 866
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2010 (34th Session)

Siega Verde (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsjeɣa ˈβeɾðe]) is an archaeological site in the municipality of Villar de la Yegua, in the province of Salamanca, Spain. It was added to the Côa Valley Paleolithic Art site in the World Heritage List in 2010.

The site consists of a series of rock carvings, discovered in 1988 by professor Manuel Santoja y Rosario Pérez, during an inventory campaign of archaeological sites in the valley of the Águeda river. Subjects include horses, goats, bulls and deer, among the most common ones, as well as bison, reindeer and the woolly rhinoceros, which were not yet extinct at the time.

The engravings date to the Gravettian culture of the Upper Palaeolithic (circa 20,000 years ago). There are also more recent, anthropomorphic representations, dating to the Magdalenian age (c. 12,000 years ago). There is a total of 94 panels, spanning some 3 kilometers of rock.


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