Cave painting site opens in Guanajuato

Arroyo Seco is the third archaeological site featuring cave paintings to open in Mexico

Cave painting site opens in Guanajuato
Cave painting at Arroyo Seco archaelogical site - Photo: Courtesy of the INAH
English 26/03/2018 12:00 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 11:33

After working on the site for over ten years, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has opened to the public the cave painting site Arroyo Seco, located in Victoria, Guanajuato.

Through a statement released, the Insititute announced this is the third archaeological site featuring cave paintings to be open to the public in Mexico.

“The Arroyo Seco archaeological site is formed by a plain and two small natural elevations, where the cave paintings can be found, establishing it as one of the most important rock art sites in the country,” reads the document on the official website in Spanish.

Archaeologist Carlos Viramontes said only 25% of the paintings are currently being exhibited.

The paintings themselves depict human activities such as hunting and dances but there are also zoomorphic creatures like foxes, coyotes, dogs, eagles, spiders, and more.

According to Viramontes, the paintings could be dated as early as 7000 BC but their information is still incomplete.

“It's a historic day for Mexican archaeology, for the community of Victoria, and for Guanajuato, since the opening of the site Arroyo Seco is the result of the collaboration between all government levels, institutions, and the community,” said the general director of the INAH, Diego Prieto.