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New Dating Reveals That the Oldest Human Site in Europe is in Granada, Spain

A recent investigation has placed Orce (Baza basin, Granada, Spain) as the oldest human site in Europe, thanks to an innovative dating study based on paleomagnetism analysis. This method has been applied in a previously unsampled area of the region, protected from the erosion that has affected the basin for millennia. The technique, which is […]

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The Romans Arrived in the Canary Islands Before Their Colonization by the Berbers

A recent archaeological study has opened a new chapter in the history of the Canary Islands by suggesting that the Romans might have discovered the archipelago before the arrival of the Berber populations between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD. According to Jonathan Santana, historian at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), […]

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Despite the Harsh Ecological Conditions, Modern Humans Occupied the Center of the Iberian Peninsula During the Upper Paleolithic

An international team of researchers, including the Institute of Archaeology of Mérida (IAM), the Archaeobotany Laboratory of the Institute of Heritage Sciences (INCIPIT-CSIC), and other institutions, has revealed new data on the settlement conditions of modern humans, known as Cro-Magnons, in the interior of the Iberian Peninsula during the Upper Paleolithic. The results of this […]

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A Cave in the Pyrenees was Used as a Refuge During the Fall of the Western Roman Empire

Archaeologists from the High Mountain Archaeology Group (GAAM), composed of researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), who are excavating in the Dead Man’s Cave (Cova de l’Home Mort) in the town of Soriguera, Pallars Sobirà county in the north of the province of Lleida in the […]

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Pact of Theodemir, the Treaty by which a Visigothic Governor Saved his Cities and Inhabitants during the Muslim Conquest of Al-Andalus

The swift conquest of the Iberian Peninsula by the Umayyad Caliphate, taking advantage of the Visigothic kingdom’s succession civil war, cannot be explained so much by the strength of those troops, which were few in number, but by the implementation of a strategy of pacts that followed the initial resistance—especially in the south—after the Battle […]

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1st Century AD Votive Altar Dedicated to a Vascon Deity Unearthed in Navarre

In August 2022, a multidisciplinary team coordinated by the Aranzadi Science Society, in collaboration with various universities, discovered a Roman-era votive altar in Larunbe, Navarra. This altar, dated to the 1st century A.D., contains a Latin dedication by a woman named Valeria Vitella to the Vascon deity Larra. The discovery was made inside a well […]

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The Liquid Found in a Roman Tomb in Southern Spain, is the Oldest Wine in the World

In 2019, archaeologists discovered a family mausoleum dated to the 1st century AD in the necropolis of Carmona (ancient Roman Carmo) in Seville (Spain), which contained eight niches, six of them with an urn of ashes each. One of these contained a reddish liquid that, after an archaeochemical study, was identified as white wine, making […]

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An Iberian rotating mill and Roman lead pipes, among the new discoveries at the site of La Alcudia in Elche, Spain

The project ‘Domus-La Alcudia: Living in Ilici’ achieves its objectives in the new excavations and obtains a verified and uninterrupted sequence of occupation in the northeastern sector of the city, one of the highest points of the original topography, where there were indications of occupation between prehistory and the medieval period, as reported by Sonia […]

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A Paleo-Hispanic Alphabet Found on the Slate Tablet from the Casas del Turuñuelo Site

Researchers from the Institute of Archaeology of Mérida (IAM), a joint center of the CSIC and the Junta of Extremadura, are studying a series of signs inscribed on the slate tablet from the Tartessian site of Casas del Turuñuelo (Guareña, Badajoz) which discovery was announced last week, and according to initial interpretations, it appears to […]

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Scenes of Warriors from 6th Century BC on a Slate Plaque Found at Tartessian Site of Casas del Turuñuelo in Spain

The archaeological work carried out during the VI Excavation Campaign at the archaeological site of Casas del Turuñuelo, in Guareña (Badajoz, Spain), has revealed, among the numerous recovered materials, a slate plaque about 20 centimeters engraved on both sides where various motifs can be identified. It combines drawing exercises with the repeated depiction of faces […]