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Arts 2013, 2(4), 253-272; doi:10.3390/arts2040253

The Cave of Isturitz (West Pyrenees, France): One Century of Research in Paleolithic Parietal Art

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1 TRACES-UMR 5608, Université Toulouse le Mirail, 5 allées Antonio Machado, F-31058 Toulouse, France 2 Aulame Médiation en Préhistoire, F- 64640 Saint-Martin-d'Arberoue, France 3 Association Gaztelu, Oxocelhaya Borda, F-64640 Saint-Martin-d'Arberoue, France
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Received: 24 September 2013 / Revised: 5 November 2013 / Accepted: 7 November 2013 / Published: 14 November 2013
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The cave of Isturitz is one of the most important archaeological sites of the prehistory of Western Europe. Human occupations followed each other in the cavity from at least the Middle Paleolithic to the Roman age. In 1913, Passermard started archaeological excavations there, and a calcite pillar was discovered next to the original entrance that was sculpted with a dozen of animal representations. In this excavation, the Magdalenian levels yielded a considerable quantity of portable art objects. In the last few years, several workers have resumed the study of those pieces. Since 2011, we have created a research team for the study of the parietal figures of the cave, as well as other elements, for example the objects embedded in the walls. We present here our first results, which improve in the understanding of the artistic activities of Upper Palaeolithic peoples by shedding light at the art analyzed in Isturitz.
Keywords: cave art; Isturitz; Magdalenian; Basque Country; engravings cave art; Isturitz; Magdalenian; Basque Country; engravings
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Garate, D.; Labarge, A.; Rivero, O.; Normand, C.; Darricau, J. The Cave of Isturitz (West Pyrenees, France): One Century of Research in Paleolithic Parietal Art. Arts 2013, 2, 253-272.

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