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Site Name: Cueva de los Aviones

Synonym Name(s): La Podadera, Podadera Point, Punta de La Podadera, Punta de Podaderas, Punta de la Podadera

Site Type: cave

More Info to Site Type: The cave is known for its naturally perforated marine shells containing remnant traces of colour pigments. The findings were found alongside an assemblage of stone tools that apparently belonged to Neanderthals.The most likely explanation is that the shells were used as personal ornaments or paint cups.

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Chronological Abstract: Aviones is a large cave whose fill has for the most part been eroded away by postglacial marine erosion. At the time of occupation, the Mediterranean was 50-90m lower, implying a distance of 1.5-7.0km between site and shore. Middle Palaeolithic of Iberia, dated to as early as approximately 50 000 years ago. At Cueva de los Aviones, three umbo-perforated valves of Acanthocardia and Glycymeris were found alongside lumps of yellow and red colorants, and residues preserved inside a Spondylus shell c



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Country: Spain

General Location Description: The site is located in the municipality of Murcia, southeast Spain.


Latitude (WGS84): 37.58° N

Longitude (WGS84): 0.99° W


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Bibliography: Zilhão et al. 2010b

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