Kiwi travelers will soon have the chance to glimpse some of the world"s oldest cave drawings, if Spanish officials" new plan goes off without a hitch.
According to the Associated Press, the Spanish board of tourism
plans to reopen the country"s famed Caves of Altamira after eight
years of restricted access. The caves are noteworthy for containing
prehistoric cave drawings of bison that scientists have said date
back 20,000 years.
The caves were discovered in 1868 and became a major draw for
Spanish tourism, but scientists soon discovered that visitors"
breath and body heat were damaging the paintings. The government
limited access to the caves in 1982 before shutting them down
completely in 2002. The caves are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage
Spain"s governmental research body, the CSIC, investigated the
situation in April and recommended the caves remain closed. It was
a decision that the Cantabria region"s president, Miguel Revilla,
disagreed with, telling the news source that Altamira was "an asset
we cannot do without."
While Revilla and the cave"s directors plan to reopen the site
soon, they will again limit the number of visitors per day in an
attempt to keep the paintings in good condition.
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