Siega Verde

Siega Verde (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsjeɣa ˈβeɾðe]) is an archaeological site in Serranillo, Villar de la Yegua, province of Salamanca, in Castile and León, Spain. It was added to the Côa Valley Paleolithic Art site in the World Heritage List in 2010.

Siega Verde
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Engravings of animals.
LocationSerranillo, Villar de la Yegua, Campo de Argañán, Province of Salamanca, Castile and León, Spain
Part ofPrehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley and Siega Verde
CriteriaCultural: (i), (iii)
Inscription1998 (22nd Session)
Area0.9 ha (2.2 acres)
Buffer zone44.5 ha (110 acres)
Coordinates40°41′51″N 6°39′40″W
Location of Siega Verde in Castile and León
Siega Verde (Spain)

The site consists of a series of rock carvings, discovered in 1988 by professors Manuel Santoja, during an inventory campaign of archaeological sites in the valley of the Águeda river. Subjects include equids, aurochs, deer and goats, among the most common ones, as well as bison, reindeer and the woolly rhinoceros, which were not yet extinct at the time.

The engravings date to the Gravettian culture of the Upper Palaeolithic (circa 20,000 years ago). There are also more recent, anthropomorphic representations, dating to the Magdalenian age (c. 9,000 years ago). There is a total of 91 panels, spanning some 1 kilometers of rock.


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