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Santimamiñe cave
Santimamineko Kobako sarrera.jpg
entrance to the cave
Spain Basque Country
Spain Basque Country
Spain Basque Country
Spain Basque Country
Spain Basque Country
Santimamiñe cave (Spain)
LocationKortezubi, Biscay
CoordinatesCoordinates: 43°20′48″N 2°38′12″W / 43.34667°N 2.63667°W / 43.34667; -2.63667
Geologylimestone, corrosion-erosion

Santimamiñe cave, Kortezubi, Biscay, Basque Country, Spain, is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Basque Country, including a nearly complete sequence from the Middle Paleolithic to the Iron Age.[1]

Its complete sequence includes the following cultures:

Plus unclassified remains of the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze and Iron ages.

It is best known for its mural paintings of the Magdalenian period, depicting bisons, horses, goats and deers.

Its excellent location over the Urdaibai estuary was probably most important in its continued habitation, first by Neanderthals and later by Homo sapiens.

Since 2008, it is one of the caves included as a World Heritage Site within "Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain".


  1. ^ "Cueva de santimamiñe". Santimamiñe. Retrieved January 1, 2017.

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