Last year, Viviane Bolin attended the fifth ASP Conference (Art des Sociétées Préhistoriques) at the University of Santander (Cantabria, Spain) from 8th to 12th November 2016. Since 2008, this conference brings together PhD and postdoctoral students from different countries who conduct research in Palaeolithic and Post-Palaeolithic Art, especially in Spain and France.

Viviane Bolin presented the results of different GIS-based spatial analyses that she conducted with the rock art site database she compiled for her PhD. Her objective is to show differences between rock art and settlement site distributions and compare animal themes in rock art with species hunted for subsistence by Pleistocene hunter-gatherer groups.

At the end of the conference, the participants visited the famous caves El Castillo and Las Monedas on the Mount Castillo. They contain many red, yellow and black paintings and engravings of animal and signs, some of them the oldest painted art ever created.

 

 

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Mount Castillo with many prehistoric caves.
Photo: Viviane Bolin
  C1 Bolin Fig 2 lhk 250px 2017 03Cave entrance to El Castillo.
Photo: Viviane Bolin

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