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08 Feb 2022

Paleolithic art in the Côa Valley

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Prehistoric art is one of the most facinating areas of discovery and much of Europe is riddled with paleolithic art prior to the written word and prior to urban civilization.

One of the side affects of a Dam Project along the Coa River in Portugal was the survey and discovery of an extensive network of pre-historic rock art which dates from 22,000 years ago to the present in several historical layers. The earliest paintings are from 22,000-20,000 years. The second set of drawings date from 16-10,000 years and is more plentiful. Further art works are seen throughout human existence from the Epipaleolithic period, the Neolithic, the Chalcolithic and Bronze Ages, into the 5th and 1st centuries and finally the 17th to 20th century which includes trains.plane and bridges alone with religious and anthropomorphic and zoomorphic designs that included weapons and symbols, an extrodanory cocktail of human prehistory to history.

The area has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage site and Portugal has created the the Archaeological Park of the Coa Valley and many of the individual sites can be visited through organized tours lead by archeologist teams. Much of the Canada do Inferno. The art is in Canada do Inferno, a 130-meter-deep canyon is submerged by waters due to the Pocinho Dam. Another dam was stopped after a heated political fight that included the UN over the various sites within the area., including this rock art

Unlike cave art, this discovery in Portugal is in the rock faces across the landscape in a remote area. To give this more public access the Portuguese government created a unique building that acts as a museum within the entire landscape of the area. I hope to one day get to see this amazing work of human ingenuity.

When the museum open, the Portuguese issued a wonderful commemorative coin to represent this amazing cultural treasure.
This is once again an important interweaving of culture and numismatics. Connecting our coins to our heritage is an essential part of coin collecting and the purpose of coinage. Once we got past using weights for commerce, the imagery stamped on coins was not just an expression of the strength of government, but also an expression of the common culture, and a vision of society. After 20 thousand years, we are now reintegrating with the most primitve arts and touching the past expression of the human spirit.



Level 6

Very cool! Thanks for the amazing history on this piece! ; )


Level 5

This is another interesting and gorgeous design. Thanks for the information and great blog!


Level 7

I agree I never saw this before. I like it. Thank s for the information!!


Level 6

Very interesting. I like the entire idea. Thanks. I need to research this.

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