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On Friday, November 11, two new rooms of the permanent exhibition of the Archaeological Museum of Cacabelos (MARCA) will be inaugurated dedicated to prehistory in El Bierzo.

Cave paintings of Peña Piñera in Sésamo. Photo: Raul Canas

The first of them will be dedicated to the Palaeolithic, with stone industries collected on the terraces of the Cúa River (handaxes, cleavers, etc.), constituting one of the collections with the oldest chronology in the entire region of Berciana.

The second room will focus on recent prehistory, with a small tribute to Peña Piñera’s paintings (Sésamo, Vega de Espinareda), in the form of handmade reproductions by Virginia Alonso.

These two new rooms, with the incorporation of hitherto unpublished pieces, will allow the visitor to discover the prehistory of El Bierzo first-hand, supported by the new designed panels. Finally, the purely archaeological content will be joined by some brushstrokes of geology, geography and biology with a brief initial explanation of the territory.

The opening ceremony will take place at 12 in the morning, with a small reception accompanied by two brief talks on prehistory in the territory, by the director of the museum, Diego Herrero; and the technical execution of the reproductions, carried out by Virginia Alonso. To finish, the two new rooms will be visited accompanied by a live prehistoric recreation, where they will paint live with the techniques used by the inhabitants of Cúa when they made cave art. Access to M AR CA is completely free throughout the day, both for the inauguration and to see the new rooms.

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