The rock art station of Cerro de San Isidro is made up of a series of large schist outcrops in which a large number of rock engravings from different periods is documented.
Rock art site of Cerro de San Isidro
In general, there are two stages: a paleolithic, in which there are abundant representations of animals, naturalistic style (caprids, horses, deer and bovines), usually represented by fine incised lines in the rock, and whose characteristics allow them to be placed between the final phases of the Solutrean (20.000-15.000 aC) and the beginning of the Magdalenian (15.000-13.000 aC). They are usually small-sized figures and almost all of them are made with very fine incised lines, which makes their location difficult. The great horse of the 1 panel, made with picketing technique, is an exception.
Clearly differentiated from this group is the group of postpaleolithic engravings. They use the same supports and share space in some of the rocky panels. All the figures are made by picketing, they are more schematic in appearance, and the human figure, isolated or in groups, acquires a special role, sometimes grouping in hunting or fighting scenes, as can be seen in the 3 panel of the route.
It has not been possible to establish a precise chronology for these last engravings, being able, as hypothesis, to suppose several moments of execution, from the Middle Ages to modern times, as testimonies of an "art" of shepherds with a very marked presence in other points of this zone. There is no shortage of researchers who suggest an earlier time for the beginning of these artistic manifestations, even in the Bronze Age, because of the similarity of some of the motifs with those of schematic art.
The site is signposted for public visit, with explanatory lecterns, and has surveillance. Three engraved panels have been selected for a basic itinerary, which is completed with five more panels that make up the complete route. On the other hand, the Municipality of Domingo García has put into operation a small Archaeological Classroom in the town, where you can obtain basic information about the area and explanations about the site and its characteristics, historical aspects, etc.
Access and conditions of visit
- The site is located next to the town of Domingo García, conveniently signposted. It has an information point at the beginning of the indicated route. Your visit is free.
- The reception center of the municipality of Domingo García is subject to schedule.