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Rock Art of Côa Valley

The Prehistoric Rock Art Site of Côa Valley is located in Portugal along the Côa River, a tributary of the River Douro. Thousands of animal figures were engraved on the rocks over several millennia. The Rock Art of Côa Valley represent the most remarkable Paleolithic rock art on the Iberian Peninsula. About 5000 rock carvings are distributed on the banks of the Côa River and mainly represent horses, deer, mountain goats and aurochs. There is also a rare rock carving of a fish. There are three Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in Côa Valley open to the public: Canada do Inferno, Peñascosa and Ribeira de Piscos, all close to Vila Nova de Foz Côa. The Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley are accessible only by guided tour. The Rock Art of Côa Valley is similar to the Rock Art of Siega Verde in Spain. The Côa Valley and Siega Verde form one of the largest open air sites of Prehistoric rock art in the world. The Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley and Siega Verde gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. Some other UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art sites in Europe: Alta, Tanum, Val Camonica.

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Rock Art of Côa Valley - Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: The Rock Art of Côa Valley is situated in Portugal on the banks of the Côa River, a...

Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: The Rock Art of Côa Valley is situated in Portugal on the banks of the Côa River, a tributary of the Douro River. Thousands of animal figures were carved on the rocks over several millennia. The Rock Art of Côa Valley represent the most remarkable Paleolithic rock art on the Iberian Peninsula. The Rock Art of Côa Valley is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley and Siega Verde.

  1. Rock Art of Côa Valley - Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: The Rock Art of Côa Valley is situated in Portugal on the banks of the Côa River, a...

    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: The Rock Art of Côa Valley is situated in Portugal on the banks of the Côa River, a tributary of the Douro River. Thousands of animal figures were carved on the rocks over several millennia. The Rock Art of Côa Valley represent the most remarkable Paleolithic rock art on the Iberian Peninsula. The Rock Art of Côa Valley is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley and Siega Verde.

  2. Rock Art of Côa Valley - The Prehistoric Rock Art of Côa Valley and Siega Verde became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. There are three Prehistoric...

    The Prehistoric Rock Art of Côa Valley and Siega Verde became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. There are three Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in Côa Valley open to the public: Canada do Inferno, Peñascosa (Photo) and Ribeira de Piscos, all close to the town of Vila Nova de Foz Côa. The Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley are accessible only by guided tour, the visit starts at the Côa Museum at Muxagata, Vila Nova de Foz Côa.

  3. Rock Art of Côa Valley - The Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley are situated in the northeastern part of Portugal, along the Portuguese-Spanish...

    The Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley are situated in the northeastern part of Portugal, along the Portuguese-Spanish border. About 5000 rock carvings were engraved on the rocks along the Côa River, they mainly represent horses, deer, goats and aurochs. The Rock Art of the Côa Valley in Portugal and Siega Verde in Spain represent the largest open-air ensemble of Paleolithic rock art in Europe and probably the largest in the world.

  4. Rock Art of Côa Valley - Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: Rock engravings of mountain goats. Mountain goats, aurochs and horses are most common...

    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: Rock engravings of mountain goats. Mountain goats, aurochs and horses are most common and characteristic among the earliest rock engravings in Côa Valley. The Rock Art of Côa Valley was carved into the rock surface 22,000-10,000 years ago. The Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley and Siega Verde was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998.  

  5. Rock Art of Côa Valley - Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: The engravings are mainly of animals, among them several mountain goats. The mountain goats are...

    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: The engravings are mainly of animals, among them several mountain goats. The mountain goats are among the earliest rock engravings in Côa Valley. There are also rock drawings of animals with three heads, the three heads probably suggest the movement of the neck. There is also a rare rock engraving of a human form.

  6. Rock Art of Côa Valley - Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: A rare rock carving of a fish. The tail fin of the fish is missing due to the natural...

    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: A rare rock carving of a fish. The tail fin of the fish is missing due to the natural processes of weathering and erosion. Prehistoric people produced rock art in caves and in the open air. The rock art that has survived are more often found in caves, open air rock art was affected by the processes of weathering and erosion, and often did not survive into the present.

  7. Rock Art of Côa Valley -  Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: The Rock Art of Côa Valley was discovered in the late 1980s. In 1995 the construction...

     Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: The Rock Art of Côa Valley was discovered in the late 1980s. In 1995 the construction of a dam was approved and work started in the Côa Valley. After an international campaign of scientific and media pressure, and the visit of an UNESCO team, the construction of the dam was stopped. The Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley and Siega Verde gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. 

  8. Rock Art of Côa Valley - Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: The Rock Art of Côa Valley in Portugal is similar to the Rock Art of Siega Verde in Spain....

    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: The Rock Art of Côa Valley in Portugal is similar to the Rock Art of Siega Verde in Spain. The Rock Art of Côa Valley is part of UNESCO World Heritage: Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley and Siega Verde. The Côa Valley and Siega Verde form one of the largest open air sites of Prehistoric rock art in the world.

  9. Rock Art of Côa Valley - Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: A view of the Peñascosa rock art site in Côa Valley near Muxagata. The Rock Art Sites...

    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: A view of the Peñascosa rock art site in Côa Valley near Muxagata. The Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley are located inside a protected archaeological area, Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa (PAVC). Visits to the Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley have to be booked in advance,  here are several visitor centres. Information to visit the rock art sites: Côa Museum in Muxagata, Vila Nova de Foz Côa.

  10. Rock Art of Côa Valley - Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: A view of the Côa Valley near Muxagata. The Côa Valley is a remote valley in...

    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: A view of the Côa Valley near Muxagata. The Côa Valley is a remote valley in Portugal. This rocky valley contains thousands of prehistoric rock drawings, spread along the banks of the Côa River. The rock art was engraved on the rocks by prehistoric people. The Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley and Siega Verde were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998.