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The Encarnación Negra Cave site celebrates open doors this Sunday (10/07/2019)

More than 20 experts from different countries are part of the excavation campaign, which is in its thirtieth edition

This Sunday, July 14, an open day is held at the 'La Cueva Negra' site, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the excavation campaign, carried out by the Murcian Association for the Study of Paleoanthropology and the Quaternary (Mupantquat), in collaboration with the City of Caravaca de la Cruz and the University of Murcia.

The meeting point to participate in this activity will be at 10.00 in 'La Ermitica', located next to the river, in the Historic Site of La Encarnación.

The directors of the excavation will expose the importance of this site, which has become an international benchmark for the scientific study of human evolution.

More than twenty experts from different international universities work on this campaign, which ends on July 19.

Next week the new findings will be announced at a press conference.

The excavations carried out in the last three decades have provided valuable information about the first hominids.

The cave was frequented by human beings who left a trace of their presence in the form of remains of fire and a hand ax, both being the oldest in Europe.

In addition, numerous paleolithic tools and abundant remains of fauna have been located, belonging in many cases to micro mammals and large mammals, from which conclusions can be drawn about the ways of life and subsistence of man in Prehistory.

The human beings that lived in the cave of the hamlet of La Encarnación probably belonged to the extinct species of "Man of Heidelburg" or "Homo heidelbergensis ', who inhabited Europe 890,000 years ago, in the Pleistocene, and was ancestral species of' Man of Neanderthal 'u' Homo neanderthalensis'.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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