El Magdaleniense de la cueva de Coímbre (Peñamellera Alta, Asturias, España)

  1. Álvaro Arrizabalaga
  2. Pilar carral
  3. José Yravedra
  4. Esteban Álvarez Fernández 1
  5. maria José Iriarte Chiapusso
  6. María de Andrés Herrero
  7. Jordá Pardo
  8. David Álvarez Alonso
  1. 1 Universidad de Salamanca

    Universidad de Salamanca

    Salamanca, España

    ROR https://ror.org/02f40zc51

Magdalenian chrono-estratigraphic correlations and cultural connections between Cantabrian Spain and Southwest France ... and beyond, session XVII-2 du XVIII Congrès de L'uispp Actes de la Séance de la Société Préhistorique Française

Publisher: Société préhistorique française

ISBN: 2-913745-81-4

Year of publication: 2020

Pages: 137-161

Type: Book chapter


Coímbre cave is located in the small valley of the Besnes stream, a tributary of the Cares River, in a mid-elevation montanearea of eastern Asturias (northern Spain). The landscape in the surroundings of the cave, situated in an interior valley, but near the pres-ent coast at a relatively low altitude, can be described as a mountainous environment where valleys, small hills and high, steeply slopedmountains are all found in close proximity thus providing a variety of habitats near the site. Coímbre contains an important archaeo-logical site divided between two different areas. Area B is the one farther from the entrance and is where the excavations of 2008-2012took place. Coímbre B presents a complete and very interesting Magdalenian sequence (with Lower, Middle and Upper Magdalenianlevels), plus a Gravettian level, making this cave in one of the largest sites in Asturias. Its rich assemblages of bone artifacts, portableart and ornaments together provide key information on connections between this area, the Pyrenees and southwestern Aquitaine. More-over, Coímbre cave presents an interesting ensemble of Magdalenian engravings located in different parts of the cavity, both in open and easily accessible areas and in narrower and less inaccessible ones, which clearly define two different symbolic spaces. This work presents the results of the study of Magdalenian occupations in Coímbre Area B, highlighting the importance of its chronostratigraphic sequence for the Cantabrian Magdalenian, as one of the most recently excavated and most complete records in terms of its variety of occupation levels and their chronology, ranging from the Archaic to the Upper Magdalenian.