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New painting discovered in Nerja Cave

The image, found during ongoing conservation work, shows a horse-like figure

Regina Sotorrío

Ongoing conservation work in the cave has brought to light a new cave painting, with moderately well preserved traces and stains of red pigment that look like the shape of an animal.

The figurative representation is located in a narrow space in the Cataclysm Hall and occupies a panel which, according to research, was used as a canvas for paintings during the Palaeolithic period and which may have been larger than the section that has survived to the present day. The mural depicts a horse-like animal with zebra-like marks on the neck, leaning downwards. It is about 35 centimetres long and 14 cm wide.

The image was outlined using a red pigment, probably haematite; an iron oxide, which is common in the surroundings of the cave and the predominant colour in the cave's rock art. The painting, according to a press statement from the Nerja Cave, is "moderately well" preserved. Several traces of pigment have been lost over time.

Findings like this, made possible by the team of the Research Institute of the Nerja Cave, together with the members of the Espeleoclub Cueva de Nerja, help to expand the knowledge of Palaeolithic art and other aspects of archaeological history in the cave.