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Coliboaia cave are the oldest paintings in Europe

In Coliboaia cave are the oldest paintings in Europe – interesting caves in Romania

Coliboaia cave are the oldest paintings in Europe

Coliboaia cave are the oldest paintings in Europe / photo source https://sites.google.com/site/gigantiiultimeiglaciatiuni1/home/pestera-coliboaia—cea-mai-veche-arta-parietala-din-europa

Situated on Sighistelului Valley, at 5 km upstream from the village with the same name, in the Apuseni Natural Park in Bihor county at 560 m elevation and 120 m upstream Over Magura cave, Coliboaia cave is one of the most interesting caves in Romania. After analysis, experts have said that the cave paintings more than 35,000 years and were made around the same time as other graphical representations of caves in France and Spain. In it were found traces of prehistoric man and his paintings dating from Gravettian or the Aurignacian.

In early 2010, a team of speleologists discovered this cave paintings are the oldest paintings which of its kind in Central Europe, says Romanian Speleological Federation (FRS) to form. The drawings are wonderful for their form and for their age. These drawings of Coliboaia were discovered in an area inaccessible from Apuseni National Park Mountains. The discovery of 14 paintings was made accidentally by Romanian cavers.

The paintings from Coliboaia cave are black and represent animals, here are included animals like: a buffalo, a horse, possibly a cat, bear one or two heads and two hairy rhinos. It was found also an engraving representing a torso of a woman, perhaps a symbol. This archaeological site is very valuable because of cave paintings discovered by cavers. Paintings Coliboaia area is inaccessible to the public and will probably remain so, because we have to go underwater to reach these outstanding paintings made by our distant ancestors, the area is under protection, closed.

Research in Coliboaia were made until 2013, under a project initiated by researchers museum in Oradea, together with researchers and collaborators from France. This kind of cave paintings are the oldest in Europe.

In Coliboaia cave are the oldest paintings in Europe – interesting caves in Romania

GO2 Romania Team / Freelancer / office(at)go2-romania.com

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