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Prehistoric Andalucia

The first humans to arrive in Andalucia were Homo erectus about 1.4 million years ago. At the moment nobody knows how long they were in residence. Continuous occupation started about 500,000 years ago when Homo heidelbergensis arrived. He developed into the Neanderthals. About 30,000 years ago the Neanderthals were replaced by Home sapiens, hunter-gatherers. Somewhere around 6500 BC, Neolithic people migrated into Andalucia and horticulture gradually replaced hunter-gathering as a way of life. About 4500 BC the farming communities started to build megalithic structures and construct ditched enclosures. Soon after that man started to use copper and then bronze. Throughout the period, settlements became larger and more permanent, fortified settlements appeared and art developed in many ways from cave paintings to idolic plaques and sculptures. Networks of communication have always been a feature of mankind, first for mutual support and transmission of ideas, then for exchange of goods and finally for trade. It is a fascinating story.

Cultures, Epochs and Eras

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Climate in Prehistoric Andalucia

The climate in Andalucia from the last glacial maximum to the present day ... Read the complete article >>


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Evolution of Homo Sapiens

New thoughts on the evolution of Homo sapiens from Homo erectus in prehistoric Andalucia. Are we related to the Neanderthals? ... Read the complete article >>


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Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short

Was the life of hunter-gatherers as solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short as Victorian historians thought? ... Read the complete article >>


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The first humans in Europe 1.4mya

The Orce archaeological site is providing evidence of human occupation in Europe over 1.2 million years ago. Now part of the Geop ... Read the complete article >>


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Neanderthals in Andalucia

The Neanderthals lived in Andalucia from 500kya to about 45kya. Did the last of the Neanderthals meet modern humans? ... Read the complete article >>


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Neanderthal to Modern Human Transition

Was the transition from Neanderthal to modern humans delayed by the presence of the Neanderthals? Did they ever procreate? ... Read the complete article >>


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A Shaky Start for Modern Humans

The last glacial maximum was not an easy time for modern humans in Andalucia, they almost became as extinct as the Neanderthals a ... Read the complete article >>


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The Mesolithic in Andalucia

The Mesolithic period in Andalucia was characterised by sudden changes in climate, rapidly depleting populations and correspondin ... Read the complete article >>


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The Neolithic Expansion 9500 - 5800 BC

It took about 3500 years for the 'Neolithic Package' to reach Andalucia from Anatolia in the Fertile Crescent. Was it a migration ... Read the complete article >>


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The Neolithic Expansion in Andalucia

The Neolithic people managed to populate the whole of the Iberian peninsula within 1000 years and then they met the Mesolithic pe ... Read the complete article >>


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