The caves of Cantabria: non-figurative cave art in Northern Spain

Riley, Dustin (2017) The caves of Cantabria: non-figurative cave art in Northern Spain. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This project focuses on non-figurative cave art in Cantabrian (Spain) from the Upper Palaeolithic (ca. 40,000-10,000). With more than 30 decorated caves in the region, it is one of the world’s richest areas in Palaeolithic artwork. My project explores the social and cultural dimensions associated with non-figurative cave images. Non-figurative artwork accounts for any image that does not represent real world objects. My primary objectives are: (1) To produce the first detailed account of non-figurative cave art in Cantabria; (2) To examine the relationships between figurative and non-figurative images; and (3) To analyse the many cultural and symbolic meanings associated to non-figurative images. To do so, I construct a database documenting the various features of non-figurative imagery in Cantabria. The third objective will be accomplished by examining the cultural and social values of non-figurative art through the lens of cognitive archaeology.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 12536
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 208-283).
Keywords: Prehistory, Cave Representations, Palaeolithic cave paintings, Spain, Santander, Cognitive Archaeology, Conventional Motifs, Non-figurative Cave Art, Northern Spain
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Archaeology
Date: January 2017
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Cave paintings -- Spain -- Cantabria; Symbolism in art; Cantabria (Spain) -- Antiquities

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