Exhibition lectures Altamira – A Masterpiece of the First Art in Gallery AMZ

Two exhibition lectures Altamira – A Masterpiece of the First Art

Gallery AMZ
Pavla Hatza Street 6

Monday, 18 December 2023, 7 pm
free entry 

The lectures are in English

1. LECTURE 7 – 7:25 pm

Paleolithic Rock Art in Europe and in the Cantabrian Region, Altamira in its context

lecturer: Ph.D. Ramón Montes Barquín, Technical Coordinator of “Prehistoric Rock Art Trails” Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

Doctor on Archaeology and Prehistory by the University of Cantabria (Spain). Researcher on Palaeolithic’s material culture and Palaeolithic Rock Art of the Iberian Peninsula. Scientific collaborator of the Museum and Research Centre of Altamira, where he has developed different archaeological works in Palaeolithic sites and Rock Art sites. He has written twelve books and more than 250 papers in different scientific journals and proceedings of scientific meetings.

Cultural Manager specialized in Archaeological Tourism. He has directed a large number of projects to open to the public Archaeological and/or Rock Art sites, as well as museums and interpretation centers focused in Archaeology, Prehistory and Rock Art. Coordinator of the Prehistoric Caves open to the public in Cantabria in 2005-2006, since 2007 is the Technical Coordinator of the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe “Prehistoric Rock Art Trails - Chemins de l’Art Rupestre Préhistorique” (https://www.coe.int/en/web/cultural-routes/prehistoric-rock-art-trails / http://www.prehistour.eu/ )

2. LECTURE 7:30 – 7:55 pm

Altamira, the big sanctuary of the European Palaeolithic

lecturer: Mrs. Pilar Fatás Monforte, Director of National Museum and Research Centre of Altamira, Cantabria, Spain

Director of the National Museum and Research Center of Altamira (Spain) since 2016, where previously she was the deputy director for 16 years.

She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Management, Bachelor of Arts degrees in History of Art and in Sciences of Antiquity – Archaeology and Prehistory - from the University of Zaragoza, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the UNED University. She belongs to the Spanish Museum Curators Body of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport since 1999.

Between 2018 and 2022 she has been a member of the Advisory Commission on World Heritage for the Ministry of Culture and Sport. She is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Prehistoric Research of Cantabria and the National Committee for Rock Art of Icomos Spain, as well as representing the Museum of Altamira in various national and international networks on rock art and museums. She is currently working on the implementation of the UNESCO Category 2 Centre for World Heritage Rock Art, to be based in Cantabria.

She is director of the research project "The First Art of Humanity: The Cave of Altamira" and a member of the conservation research team for the cave of Altamira. She is also a researcher on other national archaeological research and rock art R+D+i projects, and has participated in international research projects in countries such as Paraguay and the Dominican Republic. She is also researching the relationship between Altamira rock art and contemporary art.

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