Cueva de Los Letreros and Indalo Man
in Vélez-Blanco Municipality in Almería Province, Andalucia, Spain
By Nick Nutter | 26 Jun 2020
Between 8000 BC and 3500 BC, hunter gatherers and the Neolithic people that succeeded them, left a record of their passing in the form of cave art. Los Letreros cave is notable for being the location of the figure known as Indalo man, taken in modern times as the symbol for Almeria.
Levantine-style Prehistoric Painting
Los Letreros was used as a seasonal habitation throughout the period. The paintings are in a style known as Levantine-style Prehistoric Painting. There are highly schematic drawings of animals, goats and deer and humans, both male and female. The human figures are distinguished by having bowed arms and legs. The paintings have been dated to about 5000 BC, soon after the Neolithic people arrived in the area and are thought by some to illustrate the transition from the Mesolithic hunter gatherer way of life to the more sedentary Neolithic.
There are 727 sites in north eastern Spain with cave art (arte rupestre), the largest concentration in the world and Almeria has 25 of them. Most are closed to the public but Los Letreros can be visited with a guide during the months of June, July and August.
Rock Art of the Iberian Mediterranean Basin a UNESCO World Heritage site
The 727 rock shelters and caves in Valencia, Murcia, Catalonia, Almeria and parts of Granada and Jaen, comprise a group known as the Rock Art of the Iberian Mediterranean Basin that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998.Go to Almeria Los Velez Comarca travel guide
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Places to go in Vélez-Blanco municipalityCueva de Ambrosio
Villages in Vélez-Blanco municipalityGuide to Velez Blanco
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Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.