Altamira cave dating
Due to the supreme artistic quality, and the exceptional state of conservation of the paintings, Sautuola was even accused of forgery.
Altamira Cave was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985.In 2008 the World Heritage Site was expanded to include 17 additional caves located in three autonomous regions of northern Spain: Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country.) is a cave in Cantabria, Spain, famous for its cave paintings featuring drawings and polychrome rock paintings of wild mammals and human hands, created between 18,500 and 14,000 years ago, during the Upper Paleolithic by early human beings.They also exploited the natural contours of the cave walls to give their subjects a three-dimensional effect.
The Polychrome Ceiling is the most impressive feature of the cave, depicting a herd of extinct steppe bison (Bison priscus Dated to the Magdalenian occupation, these paintings include abstract shapes in addition to animal subjects.A later study published in 2012 based on data obtained from further uranium-thorium dating research, dated some paintings in several caves in North Spain, including some of the claviform signs in the "Gran sala" of Altamira, and concluded that the first works in Altamira belonged to the Aurignacian culture, 35,600 years old, right at the beginning of human occupation of North Spain by modern humans.