Coves del Civil o de Ribasals

Coves del Civil o de Ribasals

(7000ac-4500ac)

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.

Visit Plan

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.

How to Arrive

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.

Visitable

Yes

Difficulty

Easy

Graphic documentation

Panoramic view from inside of Coves del Civil.
Title:  Panoramic view from inside of Coves del Civil.
Technique:  Gigapixel panoramic imaging
Description:
Panoramic view from Coves del Civil, where the Morellana Ravine can be seen, that is locally called Pascualito Gorge, which forms the Valltorta Gorge downstream.
Landscape where is located Coves del Civil.
Title:  Landscape where is located Coves del Civil.
Technique:  Gigapixel panoramic imaging
Description:
View of the landscape where the shelters of Coves del Civil are located. The two lower shelters are on the left, while the third one is on the right and in the upper level. Most of the paintings are in this third shelter.
3D model of sector 4 of Coves del Civil.
Title:  3D model of sector 4 of Coves del Civil.
Technique:  Photogrammetry
Description:
Photogrammetric detail 3D model of sector 4 of Coves del Civil, located on the right part of the shelter.
3D model of sector 3 of Coves del Civil, real color.
Title:  3D model of sector 3 of Coves del Civil, real color.
Technique:  Photogrammetry
Description:
Photogrammetric detail 3D model of sector 3 of Coves del Civil, located on the central part of the shelter.
3D model of sector 1 of Coves del Civil.
Title:  3D model of sector 1 of Coves del Civil.
Technique:  Photogrammetry
Description:
Photogrammetric detail 3D model of sector 1 of Coves del Civil, located on the left part of the shelter.
3D model of sector 2 of Coves del Civil.
Title:  3D model of sector 2 of Coves del Civil.
Technique:  Polarised photography
Description:
Photogrammetric detail 3D model of sector 2 of Coves del Civil, located on the left part of the shelter.
Modelo del abrigo completo
Title:  Modelo del abrigo completo
Technique:  Photogrammetry
Description:

3D model of sector 3 of Coves del Civil, false color.
Title:  3D model of sector 3 of Coves del Civil, false color.
Technique:  Photogrammetry
Description:
Photogrammetric detail 3D model of sector 3 of Coves del Civil, with texture enhanced by DStretch to improve visibility of paintings.
Panoramic of sectors 1 and 2 of Coves del Civil, real color.
Title:  Panoramic of sectors 1 and 2 of Coves del Civil, real color.
Technique:  Gigapixel panoramic imaging
Description:
Sectors 1 and 2 are small concavities located on the left part of Coves del Civil. Sector 1 is described in detail in other panoramic view. Sector 2 preserves several groups of paintings not connected among them; on the lower left there are a deer or doe running. On the upper right area can be seen a hunting scene of a big wild boar that is chased by some archers of small size. Close to this scene there are a doe with the head looking backward. A group of schematic lines are preserved some centimetres below the doe. Most of the paintings of this sector are concentrated on the lower left area. Here, a group of black slender archers should be highlighted; they are exhibiting their bows and arrows over their heads. Some animals can be seen around them.
Sector 1 of Coves del Civil, real color.
Title:  Sector 1 of Coves del Civil, real color.
Technique:  Gigapixel panoramic imaging
Description:
This sector is located next to the left physical limit of the shelter. Here a very limited number of pictographs have preserved. Two very weathered stags can be seen in the central area. A small archer is placed among them. Some other human figure is hardly visible in several points of this area.
Sector 4 of Coves del Civil, real color.
Title:  Sector 4 of Coves del Civil, real color.
Technique:  Gigapixel panoramic imaging
Description:
The scene of sector 3 begins in this area of the shelter. The elegant stylised archers of this shelter are departing from here, heading to the left towards the central area of sector 3. Archers moving in that direction can be seen in three levels. Those of lower lever are very weathered. The figures on middle level are remarkable for the dots and lines in white paint used for adornments of the red figures, that sometimes wear a feather headdress. A horse and some deers can be seen here as well. Figures are smaller towards the right hand of the sector; there are several small lineal archers hunting wild goats.
Sector 3 of Coves del Civil, real color.
Title:  Sector 3 of Coves del Civil, real color.
Technique:  Gigapixel panoramic imaging
Description:
Most of the figures of this shelter are concentrated in this sector, some of them of large size. Two groups of human figures can be distinguished; both of them are walking at great strides towards the central part of the panel; both groups are pointing their bows against each other. It seems a war scene, but we cannot be completely sure because no archer is wounded. The left hand group is less numerous, and the figures are smaller. A horse can be seen next to them. The right hand group is formed by more than 30 archers very stylised and dynamic. Two female figures are included in this group, clearly smaller than the archers. This is one of the most remarkable scenes of the entire Levantine art.
Panoramic of sectors 1 and 2 of Coves del Civil, fals color.
Title:  Panoramic of sectors 1 and 2 of Coves del Civil, fals color.
Technique:  Image analysis
Description:
Gigapixel image of sectors 1 and 2 of Coves del Civil, enhanced by DStretch software to improve visibility of paintings.
Sector 1 of Coves del Civil, false color.
Title:  Sector 1 of Coves del Civil, false color.
Technique:  Image analysis
Description:
Gigapixel image of sector 1 of Coves del Civil, enhanced by DStretch software to improve visibility of paintings.
Sector 4 of Coves del Civil, false color.
Title:  Sector 4 of Coves del Civil, false color.
Technique:  Image analysis
Description:
Gigapixel image of sector 4 of Coves del Civil, enhanced by DStretch software to improve visibility of paintings.
Sector 3 of Coves del Civil, false color.
Title:  Sector 3 of Coves del Civil, false color.
Technique:  Image analysis
Description:
Gigapixel image of sector 3 of Coves del Civil, enhanced by DStretch software to improve visibility of paintings.
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