Raphael Minder writes for the NY Times.com-The cave of Altamira in northern Spain contains some of the world’s finest examples of Paleolithic art. For years, visitors came to see the bisons, horses and mysterious signs painted and carved into the limestone as far back as 22,000 years ago. But in 2002 the cave was closed to the public when algae-like mold started to appear on some paintings. The damage was attributed to the presence of visitors and the use of artificial light to help them see the works.
Now Altamira is being partially reopened and in the process reviving the debate over whether such a prehistoric site can withstand the presence of modern-day visitors. Since late February, a group of five random visitors a week, clad in protective suits, has been allowed inside the cave, part of a scientific study whose goal is to determine “if there is a form of public visiting that is compatible with the adequate conservation of Altamira,” José Antonio Lasheras, the director of the Altamira museum, said in an interview in his office.
Boston.com–A country rich in history, culture, architecture and natural beauty is a country that is rich in happy visitors. Today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Spanish Tourist Attractions and Destinations.
We’ve chosen the monuments, sites, buildings or regions of Spain that attract many visitors each year and are also of historical, architectural or archeological significance.
Colombia Reports.com–Spain’s government returned 691 pre-Columbian artifacts covering 3,000 years of history to Colombia on Tuesday after Spain recovered them in a 2003 trafficking ring bust, Colombian media reported on Tuesday. The majority of the pieces recovered in the collection were ceramics with human or animal forms, funeral jars, and vases with geometric drawings. There were also some artifacts such as necklaces made of crystals and other precious stones, according to Semana news magazine. Madrid’s Museum of the Americas has been caring for and restoring the pre-Columbian collection that represents all the Colombian ancestral cultures in artifacts spanning from 1400 BC to 1700 BC.