New discovery of parietal art in the Arbil V cave of Deba

Hallazgo de arte parietal en la cueva de Arbil V (Deba, Gipuzkoa)

The project led by Maria José Iriarte-Chiapusso, Ikerbasque researcher at UPV/EHU, has made a new discovery of Upper-Paleolithic parietal art in Gipuzkoa.

The cave cataloged under the names of Arbil V and Sustraixako kobea, in the valley of Lastur (Deba) has  figurative engravings, probably from Magdalenian period. Although the cave is relatively big and the prospecting works inside are still preliminary, two complete animal figures and portions of two others have already been unveiled. The complete figures refer to a famel deer and a male deer, probably a reindeer. This is the fourth consecutive finding of parietal art by the group Antxieta Jakintza Taldea from Azpeitia since this project began in 2015.

The finding came on March 26. On that Sunday, members of the archeology group Antxieta (Jose Inaxio Arrieta, Jabier Lazkano, Iñigo Olarte, Javier Maiz, Iñigo Arizaga, Aitor Suinaga, Andres Maiz, Xabier Azkoitia, Igone Elejalde and Ion Uranga) visited the cave and found several paintings that could be of the Paleolithic. A few days later, on April 9, specialists in paleolithic art (Blanca Ochoa and Irene Vigiola) and archaeologists specializing in Paleolithic (Maria José Iriarte-Chiapusso and Alvaro Arrizabalaga) visited the cave and confirmed the findings.