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The Cave of Altamira • Pin

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The Cave of Altamira • Pin

10.00

1.3" x 0.9" 
Soft Enamel Pin
Single Posted
Rubber Clasp

Inspired by The Cave of Altamira

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1.3" x 0.9" 
Soft Enamel Pin
Single Posted
Rubber Clasp

Inspired by The Cave of Altamira

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The Cave of Altamira located near the historic town Santillana del Mar in Cantabria, Spain, is renowned for its numerous parietal cave paintings featuring charcoal drawings and polychrome paintings of contemporary local fauna and human hands, created during the Upper Paleolithic. The earliest paintings in the cave were executed around 36,000 years ago. It was discovered by Modesto Cubillas in 1868.

Aside from the striking quality of its polychromatic art, Altamira's fame stems from the fact that its paintings were the first European cave paintings for which a prehistoric origin was suggested and promoted. Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola published his research with the support of Juan de Vilanova y Piera in 1880 to initial public acclaim. However, the publication of Sanz de Sautuola's research quickly led to a bitter public controversy among experts, some of whom rejected the prehistoric origin of the paintings on the grounds that prehistoric human beings lacked sufficient ability for abstract thought. The row continued until 1902, as reports of similar findings of prehistoric paintings in the franco-cantabrian region had accumulated, and the evidence could no longer be rejected.

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