Cuevas de la Araña

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Cueva de la Araña
UNESCO World Heritage site
Cova de l'Aranya.jpg
Location Bicorp, Valencian Community, Spain
Part of Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin on the Iberian Peninsula
Includes
  • 394 (Abrigo I)
  • 396 (Abrigo II)
  • 397 (Abrigo III)
Criteria Cultural: (iii)
Reference 874
Coordinates 39°06′37.2″N 0°51′37.1″W / 39.110333°N 0.860306°W / 39.110333; -0.860306Coordinates: 39°06′37.2″N 0°51′37.1″W / 39.110333°N 0.860306°W / 39.110333; -0.860306
Cuevas de la Araña is located in Valencian Community
Cuevas de la Araña
Location of Cuevas de la Araña in Valencian Community
Cuevas de la Araña is located in Spain
Cuevas de la Araña
Cuevas de la Araña (Spain)

The Cuevas de la Araña (known in English as the Araña Caves or the Spider Caves) are a group of caves in the municipality of Bicorp in Valencia, eastern Spain. The caves are in the valley of the river Escalona and were used by prehistoric people who left rock art. They are known for painted images of a bow and arrow goat hunt and for a scene depicting a human figure.

The "Man of Bicorp" holding onto lianas to gather honey from a beehive as depicted on an 8000-year-old cave painting near Valencia, Spain

The dating of such art is controversial, but the famous honey-gathering painting is believed to be epipaleolithic and is estimated to be around 8000 years old.[1]

The caves were discovered in the early twentieth century by a local teacher, Jaime Garí i Poch. They are included in the World Heritage Site Rock art of the Iberian Mediterranean Basin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ullmann, Fritz (2003). Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-3-527-30385-4.