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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 located in Portugal on the banks of the Côa River,...

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

    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: The Rock Art of Côa Valley is located 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...

    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 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, horses and aurochs are are most...

    Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of Côa Valley: Rock engravings of mountain goats.

    Mountain goats, horses and aurochs are 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 became 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...

    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...

     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 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...

    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...

    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, there 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 gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998.