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Spain's Cultural Ministry to Reopen Caves of Altamira Despite Scientists' Warnings
Spain's Cultural Minister Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde said Tuesday June 8, 2010 that Spain has decided to reopen a cave complex with prized prehistoric paintings after 8 years of closure, despite scientists warnings' that heat from human visitors damages the art. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET.

By: Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer

MADRID (AP).- A cave complex boasting prized prehistoric paintings will reopen after eight years of closure, despite scientist's warnings that heat and moisture from human visitors damage the site known as the Sistine Chapel of Paleolithic Art.

The Culture Ministry and the site's board of directors said Tuesday that visits to the Caves of Altamira in the northern Cantabria region will resume next year, although on a still-unspecified, restricted basis.

The main chamber at Altamira features 21 bison painted in red and black, which appear to be to charging against a low, limestone ceiling. The site was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1985. The paintings are estimated to be 14,000 to 20,000 years old.

Discovered in 1868, the cave complex became a tourist magnet and by the 1970s received 3,000 visitors a day. Body heat and moisture from people's breath were blamed for a gradual deterioration of the images, and from 1982-2002 only a handful of visits were allowed each day.

The cave was completely shut off to most visitors after scientists detected green mold stains on the paintings in the main chamber.

A replica of the caves was built in a museum in 2001.

In April of this year, the government's main scientific research body, called the CSIC, recommended that the caves remain closed. "The people who go in the cave have the bad habit of moving, breathing and perspiring," CSIC researcher Mariona Hernandez-Marine wrote then.

The site's board voted to reopen, however, calling the caves too valuable to keep closed.

"Altamira is an asset we cannot do without," the Cantabria region's president, Miguel Angel Revilla, said.

He said he had had the misfortune of saying no to Jacques Chirac when the former French president once asked to see the caves, and more recently to the visiting president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon.

"The other day I suggested we could even invite (Barack) Obama. The important thing is that at least somebody can see this symbol," Revilla said.

A committee has been appointed to set the new rules for how many people can visit the caves each day and will meet for the first time next week.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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