“The humans of mixed ages were moving in a southerly direction across the mudflats of a tidally influenced river within the upper reaches of its estuary.
The mudflats were rapidly buried by tidal processes with further silts,”2 the archaeologists write.
The fossilized prints ultimately were submerged beneath rising water as sea level rose at the end of the Ice Age.
The Acheulean site of la Noira was fossilized beneath the Foug eres fluviatile formation dated by the ESR method at 655 ± 55 ka.
A series of paleontological and archaeological sites are found here that are exceptional for both their quality and quantity.
These sites have been the subject of an ongoing research project since their scientific discovery in 1978, given the distinctiveness of this natural enclave, inhabited ever since the era of the first hunters.
The (Atapuerca Mountains Cultural Space) includes the archaeological zone of Atapuerca, where there are 31 archaeological sites (21 in Ibeas de Juarros, four in Atapuerca, and four others between the two villages), as well as 21 additional sites located in other villages, raising the total to 52. These are the oldest sites in the area and the ones with the greatest international recognition and fame.
More recent Atapuerca Mountains sites: The Pleistocene Epoch discoveries in the Atapuerca Mountains are unique in the world.
Coarse deposits were left at the base after the end of the Cher incision and served as raw material deposits for hominins.
But that does not diminish the significance of all the later human settlements in the area, which have survived to our times.
The most important sites are: is seeking to coordinate the management of this entire rich heritage, as well as promote research at these sites, protect them, and also promote and publicize awareness of them in society at large.
The team photographed the prints from every conceivable angle and used computerized photogrammetrics to reconstruct them as three-dimensional images.
The 49 human footprints were made by at least five individuals of various sizes.