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Dating French and Spanish Prehistoric Decorated Caves in their Archaeological Contexts

  • H Valladas (a1), E Kaltnecker (a1), A Quiles (a1), N Tisnérat-Laborde (a1), D Genty (a1), M Arnold (a2), E Delqué-Količ (a3), C Moreau (a3), D Baffier (a4), J J Cleyet Merle (a5), J Clottes (a6), M Girard (a7), J Monney (a8), R Montes (a9), C Sainz (a10), J L Sanchidrian (a11) and R Simonnet (a12)...

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The Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE) research program on prehistoric art conducts chronological studies of parietal representations with their associated archaeological context. This multidisciplinary approach provides chronological arguments about the creation period of parietal representations. This article presents chronological investigations carried out in several decorated caves in France (La Grande Grotte, Labastide, Lascaux, La Tête-du-Lion, Villars) and Spain (La Garma, Nerja, La Pileta, Urdiales). Several types of organic materials, collected from different areas of the caves close to the walls and in connection with parietal art, were dated to determine the periods of human presence in the cave, a presence that may have been related to artistic activities. These new radiocarbon results range from 33,000–29,000 (La Grande Grotte) to 16,000–14,000 cal BP (Urdiales).

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