This is the first excavated site of these characteristics on the Western Costa del Sol.
Among the remains discovered, several tools made of stone stand out, which will remain on display in the Municipal Archaeological Museum.
Estepona, October 20, 2022.- The Estepona City Council has discovered an important archaeological site with remains from the prehistoric period, belonging to the Lower Palaeolithic and dated, relatively, more than 128,000 years ago. The discovery has been made in Las Mesas de Saladavieja, an expanding area located next to the urban center of the city, and has become the first of its kind to be excavated on the Western Costa del Sol.
Among the remains discovered in this enclave, a set of lithic artifacts stand out (tools made of stone before the appearance of metal), which were used to cut, work the skins, beat or extract the fat of animals.
These remains, after being studied, have become part of the collection funds of the Municipal Archaeological Museum, where they will remain on display in a space dedicated to the Palaeolithic.
The archaeological intervention has been carried out by archaeologists from the Arqueotectura company in application of the provisions of Estepona’s urban planning, which contemplates carrying out a diagnosis prior to the urbanization of areas in which there are archaeological remains.
The works have been authorized by the Junta de Andalucía and supervised by the municipal delegation of Historical Heritage of the Consistory.
The Archeotectura team, led by the archaeologist Cibeles Fernández, has recovered several hundred stone pieces, which have been studied by the prehistorian Luis Pérez Ramos, a specialist in the Andalusian Paleolithic.
The artifacts discovered are important because they were specialized work tools for domestic tasks, made from sandstone boulders and, to a lesser extent, limestone and flint.
According to experts, this is the first site excavated on the Western Costa del Sol where remains of the Acheulean industry have appeared, that is, stone tools made according to the longest cultural tradition we know of.
In addition to the prehistoric remains, archaeologists have found in this sector very poorly preserved remains of a Roman site, possibly an agricultural exploitation, some 2,000 years old. An interesting alquerque would belong to this moment, a game board carved into the sandstone rock that was used for entertainment at the time.