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Risco La Zorrera Rock-Shelter

Castilla y León (Spain)


Natural Environment:

The site is in the mountains of the Central System, on the edge of Sierra de Gredos. In the southern foothills of the sierra, the paintings are in the centre of a large granite block.

Regional Archaeological Context:

Schematic art is one of the least common prehistoric phenomena in the province of Ávila. Only three sites are known: Peña Mingovela in Ojos Albos, Canto de Cuervo and La Atalaya in Muñopepe, and Risco de la Zorrera at the foot of Pico Almanzor on the southern slopes of Sierra de Gredos.

Archaeological evidence at the site:

The rock-shelter has a group of paintings distributed in two vertical panels.

Short Description:


Most of the figures were painted in two colours: violet red and light sienna for the oldest paintings and orange red for the more recent ones. We can identify anthropomorphs, several animals and different types of signs (anchor-like and branching shapes, grids, etc.)

Age:

Chalcolithic – Bronze Age.


Type of Site: Rock-Shelter

State/Region: Castilla y León
Province: Ávila
Municipality: Candeleda
Town: El Raso
Location: Risco La Zorrera


Contact:

Discovered in 1986 (Ávila) consists of two vertical panels and a third horizontal covering the previous ones. Three phases of execution can be distinguished, the red features predominate in the first, the second emphasizes a human form, and the third includes animal and human figures.

It has been interpreted as representing a temple or altar. It is protected by a fence.

  • Candeleda Tourist Office

Address:

C / Corredera, 8. ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM. Candeleda. 05480 Ávila.

Phone: 920 380 795

http://www.turismocastillayleon.com/es/servicios/oficinas-turismo/oficina-turismo-candeleda

http://www.candeleda-atornadias.com/index.html

  • Regional Tourism Office of Ávila

Address:

House of the Carnage. C / San Segundo, 17. Ávila. 05001 Ávila.

Phone: 920 211 387

Fax: 920 253 717

Email: oficinadeturismodeavila@jcyl.es

Opening Times:

  • Open every day.

Booking and access:

  • Entry is free.

Description of the Ethnographic Museum:

Opened in 2012 The Ethnographic Museum of Candeleda was born with the vocation to pay homage to the ancestors of Candeleda and to serve as a tourist attraction more to the people who visit the locality.


Nearby cultural destinations:

Majada de Pastores de Braguillas (100 m)
Freillo Hill-fort (7m by road, 2 km on foot)
Puerto del Pico Old Road (52 km)

Nearby natural destinations:

Sierra de Gredos. 
Tiétar Valley. 
Iruelas Valley.

Accommodation and Restaurants near the site:

See: www.turismocastillayleon.com www.diputacionavila.es

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2010-2020 PREHISTORIC ROCK ART TRAIL CELEBRATES ITS 10th ANNIVERSARY

2010-2020 PREHISTORIC ROCK ART TRAIL CELEBRATES ITS 10th ANNIVERSARY

9th May 2010 the Council of Europe granted the Mention European Cultural Route to the PRAT-CARP network.