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Los Azules Cave
Cangas de Onís (Eastern Asturias)

Azilian culture (Epipaleolithic).


In the district of Contraquil in Cangas de Onís. It is on a private estate.

A set of rock shelters overlooking the spot where the River Güeña merges with the River Sella.

Los Azules Cave is situated in the district of Contraquil in Cangas de Onís.

It was discovered in 1972 and archaeological excavations began the following year. It houses fertile Magdalenian levels, although it is best known for its Epipaleolithic findings corresponding to the Azilian culture (10th and 8th millenia BC), of which it has become the model deposit for the entire Cantabrian area.

Noteworthy among its bone artifacts are the typical Azilian harpoons. The appearance in a cave of a grave corresponding to the last moments of Azilian occupation is proof of the existence of a funeral ritual.

A re-creation of the Los Azules grave can be seen in the Archaeological Museum of Asturias (Oviedo).

Los Azules Cave