Rock Art Interpretation Centre of the Mountains of Prades

Rock art in Catalonia

To date, more than seventy sites of prehistoric rock art have been discovered in Catalonia.

To date, more than seventy sites of prehistoric rock art have been discovered in Catalonia.

There are approximately seventy rock art sites in Catalonia. The earliest of these artistic expressions, consisting of paintings and engravings, may be dated from the end of the upper Palaeolithic, with few examples, while there are many more examples from the Epipalaeolithic period.

Naturalistic or levantine art is the oldest type and is typical of hunter-gatherer societies given its dynamic, narrative characteristics. In terms of quantity, the schematic post-Palaeolithic (Neolithic - bronze age) art, the last type to appear, is the most common worldwide.

There are other artistic expressions from the past hidden in the irregular terrain of the Prades mountains, mostly consisting of engravings made during the Middle Ages in places that had previously been marked, culturalised or mythified. The highest points of the chain, such as Coll de la Mola and Els Cogullons, are the site for many engraved signs.

At the beginning of the 20th century, rock art was considered the product of a purely aesthetic impulse, art for art’s sake. The latest interpretations, however, contend that prehistoric art was informed by communicative and social cohesion intentions.

OBJECTS

<p>This megalithic monument depicts what might be an idol and is an example of the menhir steles from the late Neolithic .</p>
The decorated stones of Passan...
The decorated stones of Passanant
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