Tito Bustillo Cave is located on the right bank of the estuary of Ribadesella (Asturias, Spain). It was discovered by a group of mountaineers in 1968 and, in view of its archaeological potential, the archaeological excavations began in 1970.

 In the cave there are preserved XI rock art sets that are distributed throughout the cavity. The rich variety of these demonstrations, with paintings and engravings of signs, animals and anthropomorphic representations, make the Tito Bustillo Cave one of the best examples of Paleolithic rock art in Asturias and one of the most comprehensive sites throughout the Cantabrian Cornice.

 The figures, more than 300, include almost the entire artistic development of the Upper Paleolithic, at least from 30,000 years ago until approximately 9500 years BP. As in Altamira and El Castillo, in the artistic set of Tito Bustillo are represented most of their subjects, techniques and styles.

 In recent years there have been various studies that have documented in the old entry area a Magdalenian dump (with many faunal remains and portable art) and different human frequentations indoors, dated between 16,598 and 12,974 cal. BP. Is important to stress the set V (Gallery of anthropomorphic), a decorated space with evidences of use of the area in old moments of Upper Paleolithic (38729-36665 cal. BP).



Tito Bustillo's Main Panel     


Tito Bustillo's Main Panel detail



 Tito Bustillo's Chamber of Vulvas