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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Three New Cave Art Sites Found in Cuba



Havana, Cuba, March 15.- Three new stations of cave art were discovered in the Imias Wild Reserve, to the southeast of the Cuban eastern province of Guantanamo.


The paintings are characterized by the use of red, a color that has been seen in only other three stations in the eastern region of the island.

The finding was made during a joint expedition by the Pedro Borras and Fernando Ortiz groups, both members of the Speleological Society of Cuba, and the Cuban Cave Art Research Group (GCIAR), of the Institute of Anthropology.

According to Granma newspaper, the Pedro Borras Group’s president Efren Jaimez Salgado and the GCIAR national deputy coordinator Divaldo Gutierrez Calvache agreed on considering that the new finding ratifies the importance of the region for studies on this type of cultural expression of our native peoples.

Cave art includes pictographs, that is, symbols or pictures representing ideas; and petroglyphs (rock drawing) executed in caverns, rock shelters, grouts and on rocks by pre-Columbian groups or populations.

In Cuba, 285 cave art sites or stations have been officially registered. The largest amount have been located in the provinces of Matanzas,
Guantanamo and Pinar del Rio. (ACN).