The Pool Cave – Neolithic rock artwork

The Pool Cave – Neolithic rock artwork

Just a few years in the past once I was touring within the south of Spain within the Andalusia area. On this area, there’s a sequence of whitewashed cities positioned on high of the hills. In addition to being picturesque, town places aided in protection because it was the final space contested by the Moors on the time of the Spanish reconquest of Spain within the late 1400s. These cities are merely recognized below the title of “Los Pueblos Blancos” or the white cities. Though this space appears very outdated to most People, what we have been on the lookout for was a lot older. Close to Rhonda, the house of the bullfights, and positioned above the village of Benaoján, we had learn of a cave that contained Paleolithic rock artwork. In contrast to the higher recognized caves in Europe, this cave is at all times open to the general public and excursions are organized each day by the household of the farmer on whose land the cave is positioned.

We went off the crushed observe on the lookout for this cave. Our route took us by means of these small villages and a minimum of as soon as took us down a avenue that shortly diminished to a strolling path. The highway received smaller and smaller till I actually needed to anticipate an aged lady to step onto her entrance step till there was room for me to go. We turned a nook and we have been caught. I wasn’t even positive the automobile would have the ability to take the subsequent nook. Lastly, with my spouse positioned within the entrance of the automobile and our pal positioned within the again, we cycled backwards and forwards till we might take the flip. It seems we had missed a key bend within the highway with out realizing it when the highway nearly doubled over itself within the Andalusian hills.

With our sense of route restored, we arrive safely on the small car parking zone at La Cueva de la Pileta. A brief hike up the hill results in a steel gate that bars the doorway to the cave. There was nobody else ready after we arrived and we discovered ourselves ready uneducated and solely the hope that this was in truth our vacation spot. As we waited, increasingly individuals gathered, which made us imagine that we have been a minimum of in the precise place. The small group that got here collectively got here from everywhere in the world however primarily from Europe. We swapped tales in English and different widespread languages ​​with a gaggle of intrepid travellers. It is not the sort of vacation spot the place you are more likely to see a busload of Japanese vacationers stopping. We had heard that visits have been happening each half hour however this isn’t the sort of operation carried out with precision. After ready for a while (over half an hour) the door opened to disgorge the earlier small group of vacationers and we have been allowed in. We paid our small entrance payment, have been requested to not use our digicam flash and set off behind our guides.

The cave’s solely supply of sunshine is a pair of oil lanterns carried by the guides. We adopted them by means of a sequence of chambers and descended a sequence of ladders deeper into the cave. Right here and there alongside the partitions have been indicators of horses, fish, and recreation. There have been additionally easy hash marks made on the wall as if somebody was preserving observe of time. A while in the past, a really very long time in the past, a small group of early Spaniards (in all probability not associated to at the moment’s Spaniards however to the Basque individuals) sheltered on this cave. The oldest rock artwork is estimated to be round 25,000 years outdated. Archaeologists say the pottery discovered on this cave is without doubt one of the oldest present in Europe.

All in all, this household vacation spot offered a exceptional journey away from the crushed path of the vacationer crowds and a beautiful and uncommon peek into prehistoric time.

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Supply by Chris Christensen

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