Tuesday 15 June 2010

The Ancient Atapuerca Caves In Spain

The Atapuerca Mountains is an ancient karstic region of Spain, in the province of Burgos and near the town of the same name and Ibeas de Juarros. It contains several caves, where fossils and stone tools of the earliest known Hominians in West Europe have been found.

In the late 19th century, a railway cutting driven through the Atapuerca Mountains led to the discovery of the ancient limestone caves. After several excavations during the 20th century, a student made a startling discovery. A human jawbone buried neatly in the caves gave way to the significance of Atapuerca.

(thanks Lauren)

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