Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Archaeological Site of Atapuerca

This was a hard to get site! I was last year visiting the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos and when I got to the gift shop I was told that it was closed because the lady of the shop went to lunch and would be back only two or three hours later and no-one else would replace her. I just couldn't wait as I was on my way to Portugal. This year I stopped there again purposely to go to the gift shop, which was open, but only had one postcard of Atapuerca glued to the display of postcards and the lady didn't want to sell it because it was the last and it could damage the postcard if she tried to get it out. After a lot of insisting she sold me the postcard along with some other cards of the building. 

Archaeological site of Atapuerca

The Atapuerca Mountains (SpanishSierra de Atapuerca) is a karstic hill formation near the village of Atapuerca, in the Province of Burgos (autonomous community of Castile and Leon), northern Spain. In a still ongoing excavation campaign, rich fossil deposits and stone tool assemblages were discovered which are attributed to the earliest known hominin residents in Western Europe. This "exceptional reserve of data" has been deposited during extensive Lower Paleolithic presence, as the Atapuerca Mountains served as the preferred occupation site of Homo erectusHomo antecessor (or Homo erectus antecessor), Homo heidelbergensis and Homo neanderthalensis communities. The earliest specimen so far unearthed and reliably dated confirm an age between 1.2 Million and 630,000 years. Some finds are exhibited in the nearby Museum of Human Evolution, in Burgos. - in: wikipedia

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