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Landmark of the past in the Antequera megalithic landscape: A multi-disciplinary approach to the Matacabras rock art shelter

AuthorsRogerio Candelera, Miguel A. CSIC ORCID ; Bueno Ramírez, Primitiva; Balbín Behrmann, Rodrigo de; Dias, Maria Isabel; García Sanjuán, Leonardo; Coutinho, M. L.; Lozano Rodríguez, José Antonio; Miller, A. Z. CSIC ORCID; Pike, Ashley C.W.; Standish, Christopher D.; Prudêncio, Maria Isabel; Rodrigues, A. I.; Rosa Arranz, José M. de la; Gaspar, Diego
Digital image analysis
Iberian schematic rock art
U-Th dating
Issue DateJul-2018
CitationJournal of Archaeological Science (95): 76-93 (2018)
AbstractThe background of this paper is the biographical relationship between the Menga dolmen and La Peña de los Enamorados mountain (a conspicuous and highly-recognisable natural formation), both part of the Antequera megalithic landscape. Our main aim is to provide a high-resolution characterisation of the Matacabras rock art shelter, located on the northern side of La Peña de los Enamorados. This is achieved through a photogrammetric topographic survey, a detailed assessment of the graphic motifs identified through the use of digital image processing and various types of physical and chemical analysis, a geo-chemical characterisation of pottery found on its surface, and a comparative stylistic analysis of its motifs. Our study suggests that Matacabras (and the site of Piedras Blancas I, located just below it), played an important role in the genesis of Menga, which perhaps makes it the most important rock art location of Spanish Late Prehistory. © 2018
Description18 páginas.-- 17 figuras.-- 6 tablas.-- 99 referencias.-- Supplementary data related to this article can be found at
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