Prehistory

Decorated scapula from Castillo Cave

Bone
Castillo Cave (Puente Viesgo, Cantabria)
Magdalenian
Circa 16,000 years ago
 

This portable artwork with an engraved doe belongs to a set of 33 scapulae decorated with multiple incised strokes. The discovery of the objects on the same stratigraphic level of the cave, combined with the impressive technical and artistic quality of the animal depictions, makes this group one of the finest examples of Palaeolithic portable art in Europe

Catalogue

The objects in this section of the catalogue refer to different aspects of the daily lives of the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula during this long period. They primarily include implements made out of stone, bone, clay or metal, which demonstrate how human beings became increasingly skilled at exploiting their environment during the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze ages.

Glotón del Jarama

Paleolithic

         

Ídolo placa

Neolithic and Chalcolithic

         

Ajuar de El Argar

Bronze Age