May 18, 2022 9:50 pm

Vandals damage a cave of rock art in Ciudad Real



Some strangers have damaged a grotto with cave art located in Herencia (Ciudad Real), painting the walls with names like ‘Jesús’, ‘David’ or ‘Josué’ or coarse scenes of clear sexual content or a large hand with the initials AM on it. its interior. The State Platform of Archeology Professionals (ArqueoPEPA) has denounced the events on social networks.

“Some ignorant people have destroyed La Rendija, a cave with an important sample of schematic art in Herencia,” reports the association of archaeologists in a message on Twitter in which it highlighted the abandonment of “all those forgotten places that exist in our country.”

“AM and his friends felt comfortable destroying this site and removing a problem from the Herencia City Council, which has neglected the facts, apart from the fact that it never protected and gave little publicity to the heritage it housed,” adds ArqueoPEPA.

Located in the Sierra de Herencia, on a hill called ‘El Torcón’, La Rendija is a long, narrow crack, 17 meters wide, just over a meter high and 8 meters deep, which houses the wall of the background, on the ceiling and on the sides Schematic Art paintings. José Almodóvar Romero published a brief study on them entitled ‘
Rock art in Inheritance: La Rendija

The attack comes just one month after another famous cave painting in Jaén, known as
The Priestesses, was the object of another act of vandalism
. Painted at least 4,000 years ago in the shelter of Los Órganos in the Despeñaperros natural park, The Priestesses were attacked by one or more unscrupulous individuals who, armed with spray or some type of lacquer, traveled to this remote area and sprayed it with pink enamel. these anthropomorphic figures. The
Board has taken charge of its restoration

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