Les figures animales post-paléolithiques de la province de Huesca


fr Anthropozoologica 41 (2) - Pages 57-83

Published on 31 December 2006

This article is a part of the thematic issue Painted and engraved animals: from the form to the sign. Animals in post-Palaeolithic graphic art in the western Mediterranean

The post-Palaeolithic animal representations in the province of Huesca

In the north of Huesca province, in the Sierra de Guara, schematic art is widespread in the region and represents wild animals, mostly deer, alone or in scenes of capture and hunting. Domestic animals are also represented but it is frequently very difficult to identify them. Herds and harnesses suggest the presence of an economy based on animal husbandry, which becomes more and more important, to the detriment of predation practices, but we also suspect that these scenes are more mythical than realist. Levantine art, present in only some rock shelters in Huesca province, is characterized by naturalistic representations of wild animals, deer and wild goats, either isolated or in bands and in scenes of hunting or capture. We propose the hypothesis of a relation between the two iconographic corpuses that is closer than has usually been thought.


Spain, Huesca, River Vero, animals, Levantine, Schematic, Neolithic.

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