Museo Altamira

Research projects

The Museum of Altamira is currently undertaking the following research projects:

The Times of Altamira

Detalle de la excavación de Cualventi

The aim of the project is to understand the palaeo-environmental properties, the material culture, and its artistic manifestations in the centre of the Cantabria region during the Upper Palaeolithic age. . The research is focused on the caves of Cualventi, Linar and Las Aguas, and the study of the geo-archaeological reserves and artistic representations they contain, on account of their proximity to the cave of Altamira and having been occupied during the same periods. The results make it possible to reconstruct the chronological and territorial context in which these groups of humans lived, their strategies for subsistence, and their symbolic behaviour expressed through rock art.


Prehistory and rock art of the cave of Altamira

Panel Gravetiense en la cueva de Altamira

The Museum of Altamira conducts research into the interior and exterior of the caves archaeological site. The results obtained have made it possible to expand the period for which Altamira was occupied by humans by over 4,000 years, all the way to the Gravettian period, previously undocumented. Outside the cave, an archaeological level has been discovered with remains from the Magdalenian age, contemporaneous with those inside the cave and buried by the collapse that destroyed the entrance some 13,000 ago.


Record and inventory of Paraguayan pre-ceramic archaeological heritage and rock art

Detalle de Itaguy Guasu

Since 2008, technicians from the Museum of Altamira have been working on recording and creating an inventory of the countrys archaeological heritage and rock art. The first phase of the work involved the study of a large shelter in Cerro Guasú, whose findings have been highly significant.

The second phase has focused on the exploration, location, identification, recording, and creation of an inventory of sites, to evaluate Paraguayan rock art, which remains untouched by the scientific community, and to conduct a rigorous examination of the countrys prehistory. The project is funded by the National Ministry of Culture in Paraguay.

The museum studies its visitors

The Museum of Altamira is part of the Permanent Laboratory for Museum Visitors, an initiative of the Subdirectorate General for State Museums of the Ministry of Culture. The project aims to obtain stable and continuous information about visitors to state museums, which can be used in improving the services the institution offers to the public.

Permanent Laboratory for Museum Visitors

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