ARTE RUPESTRE

Enclave:

Gallinero I, II, IIIA, IIB

  • Locality :Lecina
  • Municipality :Bárcabo
  • Altitude :640 m.
  • Listed Status :Site of Cultural Interest. World Heritage
  • Cultural sequence :Neolithic
  • Excavation :Vicente Balldellou. 1986-7

Mapa

Description

This site is on the right bank of the River Vero near the confluence with the La Choca gulley. It is situated on spectacular sheer limestone cliffs that follow the course of the Vero and are dotted with caves, forming a remarkable landscape.

In the upper part, there is a group of nine caves that contain rock art: Gallinero I, Gallinero II, Gallinero III A, Gallinero III B, Escaleretas, Fajana de Pera I, Fajana de Pera II, Pera Superior and Lecina Superior.

The site consists of four small caves that contain approximately 75 schematic rock paintings done in reddish hues.


GALLINERO I

Small cave measuring 6 m at the mouth and 2 m in depth that contains schematic painting in red with depictions of:

- Two highly schematic quadrupeds that are extremely geometrical and rigid

- A possible quadruped (doubtful)

- A possible branched form

- A possible cervid

GALLINERO II

This is reached from Gallinero I by climbing up a long metal staircase.

This small cave measuring 12 m at the mouth and 10 m in depth contains very large numbers of schematic rock art representations done in red.

The depictions are arranged in a frieze that is 1 m high by 5 m wide that contains:

- Numerous quadrupeds looking towards the right done in thick lines with large ears and thick legs and tails

- A branched sign in a fainter red colour

- Three stylo-form or star-shaped signs

- A horse rider with arms akimbo or a human figure that seems to be standing on a quadruped

- An arrowhead sign

- Two caprids

- Various lines and blots

GALLINERO III A

This is reached from Gallinero I by climbing a long metal staircase and is the left-hand cavity of the two that form a small geminate cave.

It measures 6 m at the mouth and 6 m in depth. It contains schematic rock art depictions done in red that represent:

- Three star-shaped signs

- A possible branched form

- Two quadrupeds

- Traces

- Blots

GALLINERO III B

This is reached from Gallinero I by climbing a long metal staircase and is the right-hand cavity of the two that form a small geminate cave.

It measures 8 m at the mouth and 5 m in depth. It contains schematic rock art depictions done in red that represent:

- A group of three quadrupeds

- Another group of quadrupeds

- A cruciform sign

- Various blots

- A sign that cannot be interpreted