The region of Cantabria, in the north of Spain, houses an extraordinary underground heritage in the form of caves decorated with paleolithic art, a world-wide cultural referent. Thanks to archeological discoveries made in Europe since the beginning of the twentieth century, young researchers coming from the United States contributed to the study of some of these caves, such as those of Altamira, El Pendo, or El Castillo. This talk will focus on the contribution to knowledge about Cantabrian prehistory by some of these North American researchers, such as Leslie G. Freeman, who received his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1964 with a dissertation on the Mousterian of the Iberian Peninsula, focusing on the Cantabrian region; or Lawrence G. Strauss, professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, who has a long professional relationship with this region, especially with the Cave of Mirón.
Gonzalo Pedro Sánchez Eguren received his Bachelor of Arts in History, as well as in Political Science and Sociology, and in Social and Cultural Anthropology. He has occupied diverse roles working for the Prehistoric Caves of Cantabria, and has ample experience in the dissemination of the cultural heritage of Cantabria.