Altamira


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Altamira:

see Paleolithic artPaleolithic art
, art produced during the Paleolithic period. Study and knowledge of this art largely have been confined to works discovered at many sites in W Europe, where the most magnificent surviving examples are paintings in a number of caves in N Spain and S France, but
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Altamira

a cave in N Spain, SW of Santander, noted for Old Stone Age wall drawings
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In 1989, when the government first set out to implement its plan for a giant hydroelectric complex on the Xingu with financial support from the World Bank, the Kayapo led a great rally of 40 indigenous nations at Altamira against the scheme, setting up an encampment of several hundred Indians at a Catholic retreat center just outside the town.
Altamira saw four tanker deliveries in September, up from two tankers in August, an industry source said.
The Altamira Museum said that besides the most ancient evidence of a human presence in Paraguay, archaeologists had also found in the hill samples of cave art "unexpected till now in the footstep style," which is well-known in countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.
Picasso said: "After seeing Altamira, there is nothing else." American jazz rock icons Steely Dan penned The Caves Of Altamira on their 1970s album The Royal Scam.
Just outside Santander lies the Cave of Altamira where one of the first examples of graffiti was discovered.
The images they left on stone walls and ceilings are imbued with an almost spiritual power: the sheer weight of the bulls that stalk the great cave of Lascaux, the colors and grace of the elegant beasts at Altamira, the near-worshipful placement of bear skulls alongside the proud lions of Chauvet.
As a result, farmers in and around Novo Progresso and Altamira started fires around their farms to make the land uninhabitable for wildlife, and to level it for use as a demonstration in favor of clearing the forest and for land acquisition.