The Cave of Altamira

The Cave of Altamira

The world-famous limestone cave with its amazing cave paintings is one of the most important archaeological sites of Palaeolithic art.

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  • In which country is the Cave of Altamira located?
  • In which mountain range is the Cave of Altamira found?
  • The art of which period is Altamira one of the most important archaeological sites?
  • Regarding its greatness, to which famous building is the Cave of Altamira compared?
  • When was the cave discovered?
  • Who wrote the first study about the palaeolithic works of art found in the cave?
  • Who contributed to the discovery of the cave paintings?
  • What works of art made the Cave of Altamira world-famous?
  • Is it true that the original entrance of the cave was sealed by a rockfall 13 years ago?
  • Where are most of the Altamira cave paintings found?
  • Is it true that the scientific community was enthusiastic when they learnt about Sautuola's discovery?
  • What material was NOT used to make paint in the Palaeolithic?
  • Which colour was NOT used to create the cave paintings of Altamira?
  • Which part of the Cave of Altamira is called the 'Sistine Chapel of the Palaeolithic'?
  • What kind of animal CANNOT be seen on the ceiling of the 'Great Hall of Polychromes'?
  • In which epoch were the cave paintings of Altamira were presumably created?
  • When were the cave paintings of Altamira most likely created?
  • What helped to preserve the cave paintings of Altamira in a surprisingly good state?
  • Is it true that the Cave of Altamira is the only cave in Europe where Palaeolithic paintings can be found?
  • What important event concerning the Cave of Altamira happened in 1985?


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