Coves del Civil includes several shelters with a large number of pictographs. Most of the paintings are located in the upper shelter, where four different areas can be distinguished. The first one is badly weathered but there are at least two stags and some human figures. In the second area should be highlighted a hunting scene in which are taking part two naturalistic animals, a doe with her head looking back and a big wild boar trying to escape on the run. In the lower part of this area there are several black slender archers that are exhibiting their bows and arrows over their heads. The other two areas of the shelter is filled with a huge dimensions scene, in which dozens of archers are taking part. The archers are divided in two groups that are moving from opposite directions to the central zone of the third area. Very large and stylised human motifs are predominant in both groups, with long legs and bodies and very naturalistic attitudes, and sometimes wearing individual adornments, some of them painted in white. Several women and animals like horses, wild goats and stags can be seen in this area. This huge scene has been interpreted as a battle among two groups of archers, but other interpretations are possible as well.
Daily guided visits are organized by Museum of Valltorta, at 16:30 PM. Additional information in: Museum of Valltorta, Pla de l'Hom, s/n, 12179 Tírig, Castellón. Phone: 964 33 60 10.
To arrive to the Museum of Valltorta, from Tírig take CV-130 road towards Albocàsser. Take CV-131 road in the second exit at a roundabout towards Les Coves de Vinromà. After around 700 m take a right turn towards the Museum. The same road should be continued towards the municipal camping site, until it connects again with CV-130 road.
1917. Albert Roda.
14m x 4m
Calcareous. Marls and micrites of Lower Cretacic. Facies Albian-Gargasian