Blanca Ochoa

Blanca Ochoa
Complutense University of Madrid | UCM · Department of Prehistory

PhD in Quaternary. Spec. in Palaeolithic cave art

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Introduction
PhD in Quaternary (University of the Basque Country, 2016), specialized in Cave Art. Juan de la Cierva incorporación Research Fellow @ Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Honorary Fellow at the Archaeology Dept. of Durham University (UK).

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Publications (33)
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Palaeolithic representations can be approached from different perspectives. Studying the creative processes, we can glimpse the decisions that the Palaeolithic artists made and the actions they carried out to materialize an idea. Additionally, the combined study of both graphic and functional actions performed on an object provides a comprehensive...
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Numerical chronology is one of the main sources of information by which one may contextualize prehistoric human activity more precisely. It is able to discriminate between different times of visits to caves and determine the period with which each form of evidence should be associated and the relationships between them. The application of conventio...
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Our knowledge about Paleolithic art has been changing substantially and new discoveries and dates are modifying some traditionally accepted considerations. In this context, the geographic spread and the end of this graphic-artistic cycle are two of the main topics of the current scientific debate. The discovery and study of rock art in Cova Eirós,...
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Rock art dating has been one of the major challenges since its discovery and recognition. The methods have evolved through the last century, beginning with the study of superpositions and style until to the application of numeric methods since the 1990s. The aim of this paper is to evaluate and publish an up-to-date database of all of the numerical...
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La cavidad de Aizkoltxo se encuentra junto a la orilla del río Deba, próxima a otras cavidades con ocupaciones del Magdaleniense Superior-Final (Agarre, Ermittia, Praileaitz I y Urtiaga). A consecuencia de la actividad de furtivos se decidió realizar un sondeo para evaluar la estratigrafía del yacimiento y contextualizar los restos recuperados. En...
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Filling the void: a new Palaeolithic cave art site at Danbolinzulo in the Basque Country - Blanca Ochoa, Marcos García-Diez, Irene Vigiola-Toña
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Ekain cave (Deba, Gipuzkoa) has been researched for the last five decades and has been kept closed to the general public. This fact has allowed an exceptional preservation of the depictions. The re-study of rock art sites discovered during the 20th century and the improvement of the survey and recording methodologies are allowing significant advanc...
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The timing and nature of the emergence of art in human evolution has been one of the more debated subjects in palaeoanthropology in the last few years, and one of the areas where archaeology has made impressive advances. Here, we discuss the first evidence of figurative art on portable materials in the north of Spain. After analysis of the stratigr...
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In the post-Brexit horizon, it is important to reinforce the links between British and Iberian Archaeology to secure the future vitality of an already fruitful joint trajectory. This workshop on archaeological research in the Iberian Peninsula intends to bring together researchers working in the UK involved in this region. The main goals for the ev...
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Technological advances are enabling the discovery of new caves with rock art and of new graphic units in already known and studied caves. In this framework, a discovery was made in an unexplored gallery in Ekain (Deba, Gipuzkoa), a small passage named La Fontana. Figurative representations (horses) and non-figurative marks (simple strokes) were tra...
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From totems to myths: theorising about rock art - Volume 92 Issue 363 - Blanca Ochoa
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The objective of the paper is to determine convergences or divergences in the placement of cave art through the combined study of parietal art and the specific space in which it was executed. The proposed methodology is based on the definition of the concepts of graphic space, visibility, access and capacity. Through these, a series of variables ha...
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The general objective of the present thesis is to de ne if there are convergences or divergences in the positioning of cave art through the combined study of the parietal art and the speci c space where it was executed. The methodology proposed takes point on the de nition of concepts such as graphic space, visibility, access and capacity. Through...
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The Alto de la Huesera dolmen was excavated in 1948. In 2010 a new archaeological fieldwork started with the objective of determining the condition of the monument, subsequently restoring it. In these works the team located a sandstone stela in the burial mound and beside the corridor, datable to the Chalcolithic age. The engravings are five deep p...
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L’étude des convergences et des divergences graphiques dans l’art Paléolithique est utilisée pour comprendre la culture, les territoires et les systèmes d’interaction des groupes humains. L’ensemble rupestre de la grotte de La Covaciella contient quinze représentations d’animaux et d’autres motifs linéaires, géométriques et des points. La présence...
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El objetivo general del trabajo es definir si existen convergencias o divergencias en el posicionamiento del arte parietal a través del estudio combinado del arte paleolítico y el espacio concreto en el que fue ejecutado. La metodología propuesta parte de la definición de conceptos como espacio gráfico, visibilidad, acceso y aforo. A través de ésto...
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In the course of the last decades, new cave art discoveries such as La Garma, Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc, Le Reseau Clastres in the Niaux Cave, Cosquer and Cussac have allowed researchers to advance in context and spatial studies related to the art. This has been possible because the decorated chambers were intact at the moment of the discovery and, soon a...
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It has traditionally been thought that movement of human groups across the Pyrenees would have been difficult in the Palaeolithic, although there are data contradicting this view. It may even be proposed that a Pyrenean region existed in the Palaeolithic with specific cultural traits and a series of sites, especially in the Magdalenian. The existen...
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Portable objects with figura􀁩ve decora􀁩on found at sites in the Iberian Peninsula (Hornosde la Peña, Salitre, El Cas􀁩llo, Covalejos, Morín, Lumentxa, Antoliñako Koba, Les Mallaetesand El Parpalló) are presented and discussed. The stra􀁩graphic posi􀁩on of each object isassessed, characterizing and, in some cases, discussing the nature of the decora􀁩on...
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The study of graphic convergences and divergences in Palaeolithic art is used to understand the culture, territories and interaction systems of human groups. The concept of graphic territory should be understood from a wide perspective. It represents a part of the symbolic territory and, at the same time, of the social territory. Therefore, graphic...
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The last two decades have witnessed considerable advances in chronometric approaches to cave art, specifically with the application of new dating techniques (AMS 14C, U-series, Thermoluminescence). In this paper we assess all the currently available chronological information (numerical dates, stylistic comparisons between portable and cave art, the...
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This paper presents a study of a pecked pebble from the Middle Paleolithic recovered more than 30 years ago in Axlor rockshelter in the Spanish Basque Country. At the time of the discovery, the piece was described as being deliberately modifi ed, but since then it has been either ignored or described only as problematic evidence of Neanderthal symb...

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Este proyecto se plantea como una actuación para evaluar la posibilidad de localizar yacimientos de cazadores-recolectores y primeros agricultores-ganaderos en un área montañosa del interior del sur de la península ibérica. El conocimiento que se tiene sobre las últimas poblaciones cazadoras-recolectoras y primeras poblaciones productoras es muy desigual en la Península. Esto es debido principalmente a la falta de prospecciones sistemáticas y proyectos de investigación generales sobre esta temática. En este contexto el área objeto de estudio es una zona de vital importancia para entender el fenómeno de dispersión y/o adopción del Neolítico, situada al noreste de la Cordillera Bética. El proyecto cuenta con un equipo de trabajo e investigación interdisciplinar que permitirá generar una documentación de amplio espectro.
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Identificar las ocupaciones de las comunidades cazadoras - recolectoras del Paleolítico Superior y Epipaleolítico en la Sierra de Cantabria. Además Profundizar en el proceso de neolitización y la gestión de los recursos naturales que las comunidades productoras realizaron en la sierra durante el Neolítico, Calcolítico y edad del Bronce.