'The Idol', Peña Tú AsturiasYour model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
Perched stunningly in the Sierra Plana de la Borbolla, at Llanes in Asturias, Northern Spain, consisting of a Neolithic rock shelter preserving wonderful examples of prehistoric art.
The idol, interpreted as human form, features eyes, nose and feet wrapped in a cloth or robe, possibly representing a tribal elder or warrior, indictaed by the adjacent dagger motif, and making Peña Tú likely to be a funerary monument.
The images are interspersed with crosses demonstrating the later Christianisation of the site. Other figures include a faint animal motif and numerous red forms throughout.
Peña Tú is likely a part of a series of sites dispersed across the region that are almost certainly connected with a wider common culture, stretching from Ireland to Scandinavia to Tunisia, in the Neolithic.
Surveyed by drone and Land Rover Defender. Many thanks to Prof. Pablo Arias Cabal and colleagues.
Photos: J. Gillespie, B. Mason and G. Momber; Model: B. Mason