Rock Art in the Massif Caroig

figura_caroig_int Rock Art of the Caroig is included in the set of Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin of the Iberian Peninsula declared a World Heritage figura_caroig_int on 5 December 1998 that includes a number of 36 archaeological sites in 6 municipalities: Bicorp, Dos Aguas , Millares, Moixent, Navarrés and Quesa located in the geographical center of Valencia.

These artistic expressions are embedded in a natural environment of high ecological value composed of mountains, lakes and gorges where its people show great love of nature around them and where visitors can enjoy the magnificent landscape virtually untouched by hand man.

The sets are located in open outdoor coats and various representations that they appear reproduce scenes where humans and animals reflect the different realities of postpaleolítica society as hunting, agriculture, livestock, collecting honey or fighting . Compositions are generally small and medium size, made in spot and with a clear predominance of red color with various shades. His chronology would be situated in Mesolithic period end and the beginning of the Neolithic period.

The cave paintings of the Cave of the Spider, in Bicorp, is one of the best and most interesting sets of all the Levantine art. Among his compositions highlights the famous scene collecting honey, an activity that still continue to develop the inhabitants of the area. While it is difficult to determine its origin, it is estimated that these paintings could be between 7,000 and 8,000 years old.

Bicorp is currently building the Cultural Park of La Canal de Navarrés, a center of information, interpretation and welcome visitors who will let you know the Cave of the Spider and his paintings, in the same way that other shelters with representations of Levantine rock art . The spread of this wealth of rock art of the Caroig is not incompatible with conservation. Protection and disclosure join in the development of this beautiful area of Valencia where nature and prehistoric art are mixed.

These are the caves and shelters Massif Caroig included in the declaration of World Heritage of UNESCO:


More information:
Association for Promoting Socio Economic Caroig Massif
Casa de la Cultura, Plaza Manuel Tolsa, s / n. 46810-Enguera Valencia (Spain)
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