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Archaeological Site of Atapuerca

The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca is situated about 20 km from Burgos in Spain. The Sierra de Atapuerca hide several limestone caverns. The caves of Atapuerca were discovered during the construction of a railroad in the 1890s. About one million years ago, the caves of Atapuerca provided shelter for humans and animals. At Gran Dolina, one of the caves, fossils of a new human species have been found, the Homo antecessor, the oldest known species to be found in Europe. In Gran Dolina lived also Homo heidelbergensis, the European species that came later than Homo antecessor. The only known fossils of Homo antecessor were found in the Gran Dolina and the Sima del Elefante. The human fossils found have cut marks on the bones, which leads us to believe that they were eaten by those of their own genus. The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.

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Archaeological Site of Atapuerca - The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca is situated in the Sierra de Atapuerca in the north of Spain. Around one million years ago, the caves of...

The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca is situated in the Sierra de Atapuerca in the north of Spain. Around one million years ago, the caves of Atapuerca already provided shelter for humans and animals. The caves of Atapuerca were discovered during the construction of a railroad in the 1890s. The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000.

  1. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca - The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca is situated in the Sierra de Atapuerca in the north of Spain. Around one million years ago, the caves of...

    The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca is situated in the Sierra de Atapuerca in the north of Spain. Around one million years ago, the caves of Atapuerca already provided shelter for humans and animals. The caves of Atapuerca were discovered during the construction of a railroad in the 1890s. The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000.

  2. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca - The Gran Dolina, one of the important caves of the Archaeological Site of Atapuerca. Atapuerca is one of the most important archaeological sites...

    The Gran Dolina, one of the important caves of the Archaeological Site of Atapuerca. Atapuerca is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe, the archaeological site consists of several limestone caves that preserve a large number of human fossils, the oldest dating back to 1,2 million years ago.

  3. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca - Archaeological Site of Atapuerca: The Gran Dolina cave offered shelter to the earliest known human species in Europe, Homo...

    Archaeological Site of Atapuerca: The Gran Dolina cave offered shelter to the earliest known human species in Europe, Homo antecessor, dating from 1,2 million to 800,000 years ago. In the Sima del Elefante, Pit of the Elephant, evidence was found of hominids that fabricated tools. The only known fossils of Homo antecessor were found in the Gran Dolina and Sima del Elefante.

  4. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca - Archaeological Site of Atapuerca: The Gran Dolina is one of the caves of Atapuerca. In the Gran Dolina lived the Homo antecessor and Homo...

    Archaeological Site of Atapuerca: The Gran Dolina is one of the caves of Atapuerca. In the Gran Dolina lived the Homo antecessor and Homo heidelbergensis, a Europeanhuman species that came later than Homo antecessor, the ancestors of modern humans. Homo antecessor is one of the earliest known human species in Western Europe.

  5. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca - Archaeological Site of Atapuerca: The tour guide shows the fossil of a hominid. The Gran Dolina is one of the caves of Atapuerca. At the Gran...

    Archaeological Site of Atapuerca: The tour guide shows the fossil of a hominid. The Gran Dolina is one of the caves of Atapuerca. At the Gran Dolina, the fossils of Homo antecessor have been discovered, a previously unknown human species. Homo antecessor is the oldest known human species to be found in Western Europe. Homo antecessor lived 1,2 million to 800,000 years ago.

  6. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca - The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca is situated close to Atapuerca, a small village about 20 km northeast of Burgos in Spain. In...

    The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca is situated close to Atapuerca, a small village about 20 km northeast of Burgos in Spain. In the caves of Atapuerca fossils of Homo antecessor were found, an extinct human species. The fossils have cut marks on their bones, that suggest cannibalism. Guided tours to the Atapuerca caves depart from the villages of Atapuerca and Ibeas de Juarros.

  7. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca - The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca consists of several caves, such as the Gran Dolina, the Sima del Elefante, the Sima de los Huesos,...

    The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca consists of several caves, such as the Gran Dolina, the Sima del Elefante, the Sima de los Huesos, the Pit of Bones, and the Gallery. The Gallery was used as a natural trap, animals were pushed into it, torn apart and eaten. The Gran Dolina is also known as the Trinchera Dolina.

  8. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca - One of the important caverns of the Archaeological Site of Atapuerca is called the Sima de los Huesos, the Pit of Bones. The bones of...

    One of the important caverns of the Archaeological Site of Atapuerca is called the Sima de los Huesos, the Pit of Bones. The bones of more than 32 bodies were discovered in the Sima de los Huesos. These hominins lived around 430,000 years ago. The cave Sima de los Huesos is one of the best examples of a settlement of that time. The caves of Atapuerca are closed to the public.

  9. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca - Archaeological Site of Atapuerca: A a diorama inside the visitors cave of Atapuerca. The bones of more than 90 bodies were found in...

    Archaeological Site of Atapuerca: A a diorama inside the visitors cave of Atapuerca. The bones of more than 90 bodies were found in the caves of Atapuerca. Most of these hominins were found in the Cueva Mayor, the Main Cave, and the Sima de los Huesos Cave. The Archaeological  Site of Atapuerca was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2000.

  10. Archaeological Site of Atapuerca - Archaeological Site of Atapuerca: Sierra de Atapuerca in Spain hide several limestone caverns. The caves of Atapuerca were discovered during the...

    Archaeological Site of Atapuerca: Sierra de Atapuerca in Spain hide several limestone caverns. The caves of Atapuerca were discovered during the construction of a railroad in the 1890s. For nearly one million years ago, the caves of Atapuerca already provided shelter for humans and animals.