Rock Art and Conservation Problems at the Caminho da Caiçara I Archaeological Site
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Luis Carlos Duarte Cavalcante, Andrews Araújo Rodrigues • português
Abstract. The Caminho da Caiçara I archaeological site is located in Cadoz Velho, a village in the rural area of Piripiri, state of Piauí, Brazil. The sandstone walls are decorated with 205 rock paintings, representing abstract figures, ornithomorphs/atlatls, phytomorphs and anthropomorphs, painted predominantly in different tones of red, but also in black, yellow, brown, wine and orange. In addition to a high density of rock inscriptions, there are overlaps and recurrences of painted motifs, such as ornithomorphs/atlatls, concentric circles, sequences of sticks, agglomerates of fingerings and phytomorphs. The rock engravings include cupules. Infiltrations of water and of saline compounds, thick layers of saline efflorescences, and insects, such as termites, wasps and bees, affect the conservation of this archaeological site. Other conservations problems are mentioned.
Keywords: Rock painting, Rock engraving, Conservation, Archaeological heritage.
Duarte Cavalcante, L. C., A. Araújo Rodrigues. 2016.
Arte rupestre e problemas de conservação do sítio arqueológico Caminho da Caiçara I.
Arqueología Iberoamericana 31: 20-26. URL:
Publication date: July 26, 2016.

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