Cave of Chufín

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Cave of Chufín
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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LocationRiclones, Rionansa, Cantabria, Spain
Part ofCave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain
CriteriaCultural: (i), (iii)
Inscription1985 (9th session)
Buffer zone16.65 ha (41.1 acres)
Coordinates43°17′26″N 4°27′29″W / 43.29056°N 4.45806°W / 43.29056; -4.45806Coordinates: 43°17′26″N 4°27′29″W / 43.29056°N 4.45806°W / 43.29056; -4.45806
Cave of Chufín is located in Cantabria
Cave of Chufín
Location of Cave of Chufín in Cantabria
Cave of Chufín is located in Spain
Cave of Chufín
Cave of Chufín (Spain)

The cave of Chufín located in the town of Riclones in Cantabria (Spain). It is located in the place of confluence of the Lamasón and Nansa rivers in an environment with steep slopes where there are several caves with rock art. It is one of the caves included in the list of World Heritage of UNESCO since July 2008, within the site «Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain».

It was discovered by the photographer Manuel de Cos Borbolla, natural of Rabago (Cantabria)

In Chufín found different levels of occupation, the oldest being around 20000 years old. The cave, small size, has some deep sentillez subtle engravings and paintings from red deer, goats and cattle that are represented very schematically.

It also found many symbols. One group, called type "sticks", accompanies the paintings inside animals. There are also many drawings using points (puntillaje), including one which has been interpreted as a representation of a vulva.

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