Prehistoric Rock Art is an element of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity with great importance and significance. It is certainly the longest lasting and most widespread human expression on a global scale.  Researchers, curators, cultural and tourism managers and thousands of people interested in Prehistory and Art gather around the first graphic expressions of the human genius.

The 1902 Committee project, which I join as a member of its scientific committee in my capacity as technical coordinator of the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe “Prehistoric Rock Art Trails”, is an important step towards the globalization of the values that join to the lovers of humankind’s first art, its knowledge, protection, sustainable cultural and tourist uses and its transmission to future generations.

The mission of this initiative is to seek synergies and bring together all lovers of this peculiar and fragile art. To encourage the exchange of expert information and to promote initiatives aimed at making this heritage known, valued and, above all, preserved.

I wish the spirit that guided the great pioneer Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola in his study and diffusion of the paintings and engravings of the Altamira Cave between 1878 and 1880 enlighten us in this new global adventure around which we hope to bring together all lovers of the universal Rock Art.

Ramón Montes

Technical Coordinator of the Cultural Route of Council of Europe "Prehistoric Rock Art Trails" Management Unit.