Idea #718 – Admiring the prehistoric rock art of the Côa Valley in Portugal
The prehistoric rock art archaeological site of the Côa valley consists of rocky escarpments cut by river erosion and anchored in an isolated rural landscape where hundreds of panels presenting more than 5000 of animal figures were engraved during several millennia. The archaeological area continues in Spain, in the valley of Siega Verde, with nearly 440 engraved panels. The two rock art sites of Foz Côa and Siega Verde represent the most remarkable outdoor Palaeolithic art of the Iberian Peninsula within the same geographic region.
Foz Côa and Siega Verde provide the best illustration of iconographic themes and the organization of rock art, which adopted the same modes of expression in caves and in the open air, thus contributing to a better understanding of this artistic phenomenon. They together form a unique place from the prehistoric era, rich in material evidence of occupation in the Upper Paleolithic.
Where is it ?
Vallée de Côa, Portugal.