Barfaluy III

  • Locality :Lecina
  • Municipality :Bárcabo
  • Altitude :740 m.
  • Listed Status :Site of cultural interest. Wolrd heritage.
  • Cultural sequence :Neolithic.
  • Excavation :Vicente Balldellou. 1986-7




On the left-hand bank of the La Choca gulley, which flows into the River Vero on the right. A signposted path (1 hour) that begins in Lecina leads to the site.

Small cave to the west of Barfaluy II. Unlike the cavities described above, this is more in the form of a rock shelter than a cave. It has a rocky overhang measuring 13 m long and a maximum depth of 4.6 m.


Situated at a corner of the limestone support in a very poor state of conservation.

Even so, it is possible, with difficulty, to make out:

- The possible figure of a horse rider. This is a composition consisting of a quadruped and an anthropomorph. The quadruped turns to the left, revealing two ears and a long snout in the area of the head, while at the rear of the body is the long and erect tail.

The body and legs have been partially lost, making it impossible to see the full length of the legs, which are very blurred and incomplete.

More clearly visible is a central line that extends vertically above the back of the hypothetical animal and which seems to constitute the body of a possible anthropomorph with left arm akimbo and probably the right (though this is less evident due to the poor state of conservation).


Calcareous filtrations have obliterated part of these paintings, identified as:

- Traces of the figurative depiction of a cervid, the only surviving part of which is the upper body and the beautiful and elaborate horns. The figure measures 10.1 cm in length.

Turned towards the right, it has elaborate, branching horns, the sole characteristic feature that reveals the species to which it belongs.

- A group of six caprids, all of them turned towards the left and identified as caprids by the depiction of their backward-curving horns.

The goats portrayed here are remarkably like those in panel 3 in the La Magrana gulley (Alicante).


A stalagmite has covered virtually the entire group, meaning that it is now in a very poor state. Despite the fact that it is impossible to make out any of the figures with ease, it seems that this may be:

- A group of caprids (around six), like those described above, in a very poor state of conservation.

- Very diluted traces

This may be a very blurred quadruped together with the rear leg and tail of another animal.