Alpera Caves

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Alpera Caves


two caves and three niches near the settlement of Alpera, 55 km east of Albacete, Spain; a site of Upper Paleolithic rock paintings.

The paintings are of particular interest in the Vieja (Old) Cave, where a hunting scene in reds and browns covers earlier pictures. As a result of the many layers of paintings and the complexity of the drawing, interpretations of specific details are open to controversy.


Breuil, H., P. Serrano Gomez, and J. Cabre Aguilo. “Les peintures rupestres d’Espagne: Les Abris Bosque à Alpèra (Albacete).” L’Anthropologie, 1912, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 529–62.
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