La Pasiega can be taken as a good example of the “Cave as Sanctuary”

In the same group of caves as Las Monedas, Las Chimeneas, and the cave of El Castillo. La Pasiega has many ‘walls’ with paintings and engraved or incised images.

In 2018, a uranium-thorium dating revealed a scalariform (ladder shaped) symbol to be older than 64,000 years.
There are paintings of numerous deer, cattle, horses and a bison.
Between and around them are symbols which stress the association of the vulva and a stick, or the male-female distinction. There are many idiomorphs, and suggested patterns in this cave. Which were probably early forms of communication.
Check them out with some more neolithic architecture today.

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