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Early Palaeolithic sites with Hominid Remains – Spain

December 28, 2007

 Cabezo Gordo 

Ongoing excavation in two southeastern Spanish early Palaeolithic sites with hominid remains by Murcia University

Cueva Negra Cueva Negra Del Estrecho Del Rio Quipar (Black Cave of the River Quipar Gorge) is a rockshelter with five metres of sedimentary deposits, Acheulo-Levalloiso-Mousterian artifacts, hominin teeth and bones (H. heidelbergensis or H. neanderthalensis), extinct fauna including rodents that had become extinct in Spain by 0.5 Mya.

Sima de las Palomas is a karstic shaft containing a 20-meter deep breccia of early Upper Pleistocene date; they are Sima de las Palomasexcavating the top two meters containing 150 teeth and bones of eight or nine Neanderthals (one at least is an articulated adult skeleton buried under a rock-fall), Levalloiso-Mousterian artifacts, faunal remains, and a hearth about 40,000 years old.


Requires no previouse experience
Dates:  Session 1 (July 1-22, 2008) Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Rio Quipar (early Middle Pleistocene, 0.8-0.5 Mya);

Session 2 (July 22-August 12, 2008) Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo (early Upper Pleistocene).

Cost:  Euro 40 per (includes bed and meals) day plus a non returnable deposit of Euro 150 for period of stay


Director:  Professor Michael Walker

For more archaeological digging opportunities go to:

Director: Professor Michael J. Walker

Director: Professor Michael J. Walker

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