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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Dig Spotlight: Early Man in Spain

Spain continues to be a country where groundbreaking research is being conducted on the presence and activities of prehistoric man in Europe. This summer, from July 5 to August 16, 2005, Professor Michael J. Walker will continue excavations at the famous Neanderthal sites of Cueva Negra and Sima de las Palomas in the province of Murcia. Cueva Negra is a Middle Pleistocene site with remains of Homo Heidelbergensis, a possible precursor to the Neanderthals. Both Acheulian and Levalloiso-Mousterian Paleolithic implements have been found at this site. Sima de las Palomas contains Upper Pleistocene remains of Neanderthals. Thus far, the skeletal remains of nine individuals have been uncovered as well as Mousterian implements and a fireplace dated to 35,000 years ago. New finds are sure to follow, adding yet more to the record and, very possibly, some new discoveries that will contribute to shaping the current picture of who lived in this region of Europe and how they lived so very long ago. For more information, e-mail walker@um.es, or go to AFOB Online. The listing is considered "preliminary" and the specific website for these projects is apparently not functional at this time.


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