Atapuerca archaeological site


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  • The Great Sinkhole at the Atapuerca site

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Atapuerca archaeological site

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Zona Sierra de Atapuerca
09199  Atapuerca, Burgos  (Castilla y Leon)

Atapuerca archaeological site


General: €6
Reduced: €5
Disabled persons: Admission free

Atapuerca archaeological site


Guided tours.

Atapuerca archaeological site


This is the most important paleontological site in Europe. It preserves remains of hominid life dating back a million years. It is a unique site in the world due to its unique fossils. At least 32 people of different ages and sexes have been found in the Sima de los Huesos pit. This makes it one of the best examples yet found of a settlement from this period. Three of its most significant sites are the Sima del Elefante pit, the Gallery and the Great Sinkhole. During excavations in 2007 in the Sima del Elefante a human jawbone was discovered dating back over 1,200,000 years. It is located in the small town of Atapuerca, 20 kilometres from the city of Burgos. It is a must-see for any student of human evolution.

Archaeological site

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