Archaeologists from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have discovered a palatial construction with an audience hall which makes up the first specifically political precincts built in continental Europe. A prince’s tomb in the subsoil contains the largest amount of grave goods from the Bronze Age existing in the Iberian Peninsula. Some of the most outstanding items include a silver diadem of great scientific and patrimonial value, the only one conserved from that era in Spain, as well as four golden and silver ear dilators.
Excavations conducted in August by the researchers of the UAB’s Department of Prehistory Vicente Lull, Cristina Huete, Rafael Micó y Roberto Risch have made evident the unique archaeological wealth of La Almoloya site, located in Pliego, Murcia. The site was the cradle of the “El Argar” civilisation which lived in the south-eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula during the Bronze Age. Read more.
RONDA’S treasured archaeological site Acinipo needs urgent action to avoid disappearing altogether.
One of Andalucia’s most important cultural sites, the Roman ruins has been added to a ‘red list’ of at-risk assets by non-profit association Hispania Nostra.
Dating back to the first century BC, Acinipo was a city created for retired soldiers from Caesar’s Roman legions.
Just 20km from Ronda, the Ibero-Roman settlement – which includes a Roman theatre still in use today – is known locally as Ronda la Vieja, or Old Ronda. Read more.
Archeologists digging in the Huelva town of La Fontanilla de Palos believe they have found the exact location where Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World in 1492.
The excavations have been taking place for two months at the site and this latest development is being hailed as one of the most important and significant discoveries relating to the history of the day.
Enrique Martínez Ituño, originally from Argentina, spoke of finding the historic port in 1908, although it wasn’t until 1992 that progress was actually made. Now, the archaeological team, led by Juan Manuel Campos, believes that the long hidden piece of historic jigsaw has finally been revealed. Read more.
The green glass paten, the plate which holds the Holy Eucharist in churches, is the earliest depiction of Jesus found in Spain and is in excellent condition compared to similar pieces discovered around Europe.
“We know it dates back to the 4th century, in part because popes in the following centuries ordered all patens to be made out of silver,” Marcelo Castro, head of the Forum MMX excavation project, told The Local.
The team of archaeologists have so far managed to find 81 percent of the paten at the site of a religious building in Cástulo, an ancient Iberian town in the province of Jaén, Andalusia.
Measuring 22 centimetres in diameter, it shows three beardless men with short hair and halos over their heads. Read more.
IN 1804 the Spanish frigate Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, laden with a massive shipment of New World gold and silver, was sunk by an English naval squadron. The naval battle lasted less than an hour, but the legal battle raged for years.
The story of The Mercedes is a 200 plus-year narrative, the twists and turns of which lie not at the bottom of the sea but in the courtrooms, warehouses and museums of Spain and the United States.
In the early 1800’s Napoleon turned his conquering attention from central Europe to the Iberian Peninsula. The results were disastrous for Spain. As a precursor to the Peninsular Wars, Spain was forced to send much of its New World bounty to France – the fee for Napoleonic ‘alliance’. Read more.
Researchers from the Tübingen Collaborative Research Centre Resource Cultures have uncovered the remains of a previously unknown Copper Age settlement in the central Spanish region of Azután. Working with colleagues from the University of Alcalá de Henares, they found shards and stone tools over an area of around 90 hectares.
Typological analysis placed the finds in the Copper Age or Chalcolithic period – the transitional era after the Stone Age before metallurgists discovered that adding tin to copper produced much harder bronze, 4,000-5,000 years ago.
The Iberian Chalcolithic is marked by large fortified settlements in the southwest and more intensive use of natural resources than in the Neolithic period. Read more.
Spain has returned to Colombia 691 indigenous artefacts seized in a police operation 11 years ago.
Most of the ceramic items are of huge cultural and archaeological value, and date back to 1400 BC.
They had been smuggled out of South America by a man linked to the drug gangs, the embassy in Madrid said.
Following a court order in Spain in June, the items have now been handed over to the Colombian authorities and taken back to Bogota.
They were placed in the Museum of America in Madrid while the long legal battle proceeded.
Some of the items, including ceramic sculptures, funeral urns and musical instruments, went on display at the museum in June. Read more.
Paleolithic inhabitants of modern-day Spain may have eaten snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbors, according to a study published August 20, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Javier Fernández-López de Pablo from Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social and colleagues.
Snails were widespread in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene, but it is still unknown when and how they were incorporated into human diets. The authors of this study found land snail shell remains from ~30,000 years ago at a recently discovered site in Cova de la Barriada, Spain. To better understand if the inhabitants may have eaten snails, the researchers investigated patterns of land snail selection, consumption, and accumulation at the site, and then analyzed the shells’ decay, fossilization process, composition, and age at death by measuring the shell size. Read more.