In 1951, work in a limestone quarry in the middle of the city of Cáceres uncovered a cave that would provide an important collection of archaeological and palaeontological materials. The importance of the discovery led to the initiation of studies of both the archaeological materials and the painted representations of hands, which were discovered five years later. With the initial studies by C. Callejo, the interest in the site’s sanctuary led to it being visited by some of the most renowned prehistorians of the time, such as M. Almagro and F. Jordá, who would later publish some works on the cave art in the Cáceres cave.
Since then, there has been a succession of campaigns to study and analyse the cave paintings. The Maltravieso cave is, above all, a collection of Palaeolithic art in which negative representations of hands predominate, some of which are shown with incomplete fingers hidden. Representations of hands also appear in other caves in the Iberian Peninsula (Cueva del Castillo, Cueva de Ardales, La Fuente del Trucho), France (Gargás, Cosquer) and Italy (Grotta Paglicci).
In addition to the hands, Maltravieso conserves an important group of figurative rock art with representations of fauna, both painted and engraved, with the presence of bovids, equids and capybaras, together with a wide range of graphic representations of a symbolic nature: triangles, cups, series of punctuations, rectangular motifs, a semicircle and bundles of vertical linear lines. Some of these motifs are associated with each other and/or with representations of hands.
CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE DRAW FOR THE GUIDED VISITS TO THE MALTRAVIESO CAVE
1.- The application to participate in the draw for the programme of visits to the Maltravieso Cave is personal and non-transferable, and group applications will not be accepted.
2.- Applications will be made exclusively through the web platform set up for this purpose, the web address of which is https://visitasescouralmaltravieso.com/.
3.- Each person may register only once. Therefore, only one application will be made, and a rejection message will appear if an attempt is made to register more than once.
4.- The validity of the application is weekly, and a new application must be made in order to participate in the next draw.
5.- Each person registered will receive an e-mail confirming that their application has been accepted, in this e-mail they will be assigned a number to participate in the draw. Notification of confirmation of application does not mean that the application has been selected for the visit.
6.- Every Friday at 10.00 noon, and for the duration of the programme of visits to the Maltravieso Cave, a draw will be made at the DGBAPC headquarters from among the applications received.
The draw will generate a number that will correspond to the first application that obtains a place and so on consecutively the rest of the places offered.
All those applications that have not obtained a place will be placed on the waiting list in order of their pre-registration application number, within the corresponding weekly draw.
7.- The result of the draw will be communicated by telephone and e-mail only to the successful applicants, so it must be understood that if no notification is received within 24 hours, the applicant will not have been selected.
8.- The people who receive the notification of having been selected to attend the visit to Maltravieso have 72 hours, that is to say until the following Monday at 12:00, to confirm their attendance via e-mail (email@example.com). This confirmation of acceptance of the result and attendance is obligatory. If you do not receive it, it will be understood that you have cancelled your visit. In this case, the next person on the list will be notified, according to the order of priority of the draw.
9.- Once the draw has been carried out, the period to opt to participate in the next draw will be open again.
10.- In order to give greater visibility to the FIRST-ART Project and with the aim of enabling as many citizens as possible to participate and take part in this experience, people who have enjoyed the guided tour of the Maltravieso Cave will not be able to register again.
Av. de Cervantes, s/n, 10005 Cáceres
Free in the streets around the interpretation centre
Tuesday to Saturday: 09.00h to 15:00h
Sunday: 10:00h to 15:00h
Closed: Monday and public holidays
Guided tour and virtual tour.
Palaeolithic / Neolithic / Chalcolithic
✓ Classification: Site of historical interest. Asset of Cultural Interest
✓ Chronology: Prehistory