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Very important update: most probably Gravettian.
Every day you learn something new. And today is no exception: Joseba explained to me at Pileta de Prehistoria, that my understanding of the Gravettian matter in Iberia is a bit obsolete and that there is nowadays a much improved understanding, pushing the dates far to the past until the pan-European earliest dates of c. 28 Ka. BP (which calibrated may be 34,000 real years).
He was so kind as to point me to the following papers:
- I. Barandiaran & A. Cava, IDENTIFICACIONES DEL GRAVETIENSE EN LAS ESTRIBACIONES OCCIDENTALES DEL PIRINEO: MODELOS DE OCUPACIÓN Y USO (GRAVETTIAN IDENTIFICATIONS IN THE WESTERN PYRENEAN LIMIT: OCCUPATION AND USE MODELS). Trabajos de Prehistoria 2008.
- P. de la Peña Alonso, Revisión crítica de los conjuntos líticosgravetienses y su contexto arqueológico en la Península Ibérica (The Gravettian lithic assemblages from the Iberian Peninsula: a critical assessment). Complutum 2009.
- A. Arrizabalaga & M.J. Iriarte, El Paleolítico Superior Inicial en el siglo XXI. Dos décadas de avances en la encrucijada vasca (The Early Upper Paleolithic in the XXIst century. Two decades of advances in the Basque crossroad). 2010. Uploaded at academia.edu.
Also he mentions the upcoming congress on this matter at Altamira Museum, on October 2011.
So it seems I was wrong on this matter and the paintings will in the end be Gravettian. I will probably post something more specific on this matter of Gravettian in the Iberian peninsula when I digest all these materials.