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For speleologists and holidaymakers alike indeed anyone who wants to add a visit to a cave to their itinerary here is an essential handbook. The first guide to all the ...
For speleologists and holidaymakers alike indeed anyone who wants to add a visit to a cave to their itinerary here is an essential handbook. The first guide to all the decorated Ice Age caves in Europe that are open to the public, Cave Art covers more than 50 caves in England, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, as well as relevant museums and centres.
This second edition has been fully revised and includes one additional cave and three new facsimiles.
A visit to an Ice Age cave is a tremendous privilege. After more than a century of research, we still know of only about three hundred such sites in Eurasia, and because of difficulties of access or conservation concerns only a small fraction of these are open to the public. Thus Ice Age caves constitute a very limited and finite resource. In a cave visitors can approach original masterpieces really closely and see the images precisely where they were created, standing or crouching just where the artists did - an experience unparalleled by major art galleries such as the Louvre or the Prado.
In many cases, the journey to the cave entrance and the route through the chambers give your experience an immediacy, purity and vividness. There is nothing like a stalactite dripping on your head to remind you that you are in a pristine and natural setting. Entering a world far removed from one of commerce, art dealers and critics enhances a feeling of connection with the artists.
Although a number of decorated caves have had to be closed to the public in recent years (for example Santimamiñe, Maltravieso), others have been re-opened (for example Candamo). In addition some new discoveries have been opened for the first time - most notably El Pendo, Church Hole (Creswell Crags) and various open-air sites in Spain and Portugal. Moreover, such has been the enormous success of the facsimiles of the caves of Lascaux and Altamira that a whole series of such replicas is already in production and will be opening in the next few years.
In view of the ever-growing popularity of Ice Age cave art, this book is intended to help you prepare for an enjoyable and meaningful visit. The excellent and knowledgeable guides at each site will further enhance your experience.
Church Hole and Robin Hood's Cave
La Chaire à Calvin
Font de Gaume
Abri Pataud and Cave Pataud (Abri Movius)
Abri du Poisson (and Laugerie Haute)
Abri Reverdit (Castel-Merle)
Musée National de Préhistoire (Les Eyzies)
Grotte des Merveilles
Pair Non Pair
Isturitz and Oxocelhaya
Parc de la Préhistoire
Musée d'Archéologie Nationale
Hornos de la Peña
Salitre II (Sopeña)
La Peña de Candamo (and Interpretation Centre)
Ardales (Cueva de Doña Trinidad)
(Cerro de San Isidro)
Museo Arqueológico Nacional
Levanzo (Grotta del Genovese)
Grotta dei Puntali - Carini (PA)
Grotta del Caviglione e Balzi Rossi
Riparo de Romito