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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Dig Spotlight: Researching Early Man in Spain

This summer, Professor Michael Walker of the University of Murcia will be directing excavations and related activities at two early Paleolithic sites in southeastern Spain. The sites have turned up remains of Neanderthals and associated artifacts, including that of H. Heidelbergensis, a hominin species that may be ancestral to the Neanderthals. Discoveries have included Acheulian, Levalloison, and Mousterian implements, hominin teeth and bones, extinct fauna, and a hearth about 40,000 years old. The recorded periods of occupation are the Middle and Upper Pleistocene, making this an extremely exciting research site for investigations on early man in Europe. If interested, see the website for details.


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