Las Caldas cave

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Las Caldas cave
Cueva de las Caldas
Las Caldas cave in Spain
Las Caldas cave in Spain
Location in Spain
Las Caldas cave in Spain
Las Caldas cave in Spain
Las Caldas cave (Spain)
LocationNalón Valley
RegionAsturias
Coordinates43°19′45″N 5°55′38″W / 43.32917°N 5.92722°W / 43.32917; -5.92722Coordinates: 43°19′45″N 5°55′38″W / 43.32917°N 5.92722°W / 43.32917; -5.92722

Las Caldas Cave and the surrounding partial nature reserve (Reserva Natural Parcial de la Cueva de las Caldas) is a protected area covering 45 hectares within the Nalón Valley in the Municipality of Oviedo in the vicinity of the towns of La Piñera and Las Caldas.

The cave itself has a length of about 600 m and has three entrances. The main cavity is around 5 m high and contains a subterranean river. The cave has no particular geological significance but it is important for the wildlife and archaeological sites from the Solutrean and Magdalenian periods located there.[1]

Bats living in the cave include the medium mouse-eared bat, cave bat, greater horseshoe bat, lesser horseshoe bat and Natterer's bat.

Archeological excavations in the cave have become one of the most important Upper Paleolithic sites in the Asturias region. Finds from the cave are of exceptional quality[2] and include amongst others:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Infoasturias. Portal oficial de turismo - Detalle". asturias.es. 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Astrurias_top". muse.or.jp. 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Academia.edu | Documents in Las Caldas cave - Academia.edu". academia.edu. 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Venus figure from Las Caldas". donsmaps.com. 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.