Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
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La Riera Cave: Geography and Culture

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1327

Introduction

La Riera is a small cave in the karstic complex of La Llera ridge on the coastal plain of eastern Asturias, in Posada de Llanes, halfway between Santander and Oviedo (northern Spain). Other nearby Paleolithic and Mesolithic sites include Cueto de la Mina, Bricia, Coberizas, Tres Calabres, Balmori, Quintanal, Fonfría, Arnero, and several others. In particular, the deposits in La Riera both overlap and complement the important culture-stratigraphic sequence in the adjacent rockshelter of Cueto de la Mina, which covers the periods between the Aurignacian and the Asturian. La Riera, Cueto de la Mina, and the other sites were discovered and excavated in the 1910s by the Conde de la Vega del Sella, whose palace is located in the vicinity. His monographs on Cueto de la Mina, La Riera, and Balmori (Vega del Sella 1916, 1930), supplemented by Hugo Obermaier’s observations thereupon in Fossil Man in Spain (1924), provided information of extraordinary quality and value for the...

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Further Reading

  1. González Echegaray, J. & L.G. Freeman 1973. Cueva Morín: excavaciones 1969. Santander: Patronato de las Cuevas Prehistóricas.Google Scholar
  2. Straus, L.G. 1992. Iberia before the Iberians: the Stone Age prehistory of Cantabrian Spain. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.School of Human Evolution and Social ChangeArizona State UniversityTempeUSA