Cueva de los Casares

Cueva de los Casares is a cave in Riba de Saelices (Province of Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha, Spain). Discovered in 1933, it contains a number of paleolithic cave paintings, and is most notable for a series of paintings depicting what some have argued is the earliest representation of human understanding of the reproductive process, featuring images of copulation (perhaps mediated by a mysterious shaman figure), pregnancy, childbirth, and family life. Mammoths and other animals feature frequently in the illustrations. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1935.[1]

Cueva de los Casares
Native name
Spanish: Cueva de los Casares
LocationRiba de Saelices, Spain
Coordinates40.9575°N 2.290928°W / 40.9575; -2.290928
Official name: Cueva de los Casares
Reference no.RI-51-0001089
Location of Cueva de los Casares in Spain

There are many representations of animals, anthropomorphs (human-like figures), and ideomorphs (including penises, vulvas, tools, and more abstract images).

The cave and its paintings are little known to scholars outside Spain.


  1. "Consulta a la base de datos de bienes inmuebles". Gobierno de España (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 June 2018.
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