Fluvial dynamics and palaeolithic settlement: new data from the Côa Valley (Portugal)

Thierry AUBRY, André Tomás SANTOS, Luís LUÍS, António Fernando BARBOSA & Marcelo SILVESTRE

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 19 (7) - Pages 117-135

Published on 02 November 2020

This article is a part of the thematic issue Palaeolithic of Northwest Iberia and beyond: multidisciplinary approaches to the analysis of Late Quaternary hunter-gatherer societies

The geomorphological context of the Côa Valley open-air Palaeolithic rock art offers a unique opportunity to analyse its stratigraphic relationship with preserved Quaternary deposits and to reconstruct those that may have since disappeared. Litho-stratigraphic units, discontinuities and their architecture are interpreted in the context of the valley’s evolution and its environment. The spatial distribution of rock art panels, chronological attribution of the rock art and their geomorphological context can help us to reconstruct the topography of the valley at the time of its production and to identify where rock art panels could be buried, as well as to establish their chronology.


Côa Valley, palaeolithic rock art, alluvial system, dating, conservation

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