Spain: 6,000-year-old cave paintings vandalized

Source: Seprona

Seprona, the Civil Guard’s nature protection service, is investigating people who may have vandalized cave paintings dating back around 6,000 years. The paintings considered of historical importance are located on the Peñón del Muerto, in Solana del Pino, between Ciudad Real and Jaén.

According to Seprona, vandals painted a large Spanish flag on the paintings which is visible from the pass road that connects the area to Andújar (Jaén).

The mayor of Solana del Pino said it was not the first time the paintings had been targeted, “15 years ago an interested party already took a piece of stone with very unique paintings”.

Continuing, the mayor explained that she hopes the investigation can find who undertook this “unfortunate cultural attack” which was carried out with “premeditation and cruelty”. To paint the flag, the vandals should have used a ladder, since the height of the shelter where the rock paintings are located is eight meters. The socialist mayor said it was a “miserable act, whether the design was the flag of Spain or was another.

“The people of Solana del Pino are indignant, as we are at the town hall, where for many years we have been betting on tourism linked to the cultural heritage that we see today being destroyed by fools.

With the 6,000-year-old cave paintings vandalized again, the Provincial Council of Ciudad Real is investigating whether the flag painting can be removed without damaging the original artwork. They are also investigating what they can do to protect the paintings, but recognize that this can be difficult to do.

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