The Alihuén Cave, New Records of Cave Paintings in the Maipú Valley (San Martín de los Andes, Patagonia, Argentina)
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Alberto Enrique Pérez, Carlos Díez Fernández-Lomana, Rodrigo Alonso Alcalde
& Leandro García • español
Abstract. New results from research on the cave paintings of the Maipú Valley, San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén, Argentina, highlight the presence of zoomorphic motifs, especially camelids which have been underrepresented in the local zooarchaeological record. The Alihuén cave site expands the range of motifs and techniques known from the cave paintings of the Maipú Valley that allows us to raise issues regarding both biogeographic wildlife, and on the flow of information and human mobility. These aspects allow us to share and integrate the increasingly complementary features on both sides of the Andes with the rest of the sites that comprise the Valdivia River basin, whose lower section composed our study area.
Keywords: Cave paintings, Camelids, Valdivia River basin, Patagonia.
Pérez, A. E., C. Díez Fernández-Lomana, R. Alonso Alcalde & L. García. 2014. La cueva Alihuén, nuevos registros de pinturas rupestres en la vega de Maipú (San Martín de los Andes, Patagonia, Argentina). Arqueología Iberoamericana 22: 19-36. PURL:
Publication date: 30 June 2014.


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