The City Council of Estepona has discovered an important archaeological site in Las Mesas de Saladavieja with remains from prehistoric times, belonging to the Lower Paleolithic and relatively dated more than 128,000 years ago, as reported by the Consistory on Thursday.

The discovery has been made in a expanding area located next to the town center of the city, and has become the The first of these characteristics to be excavated on the Western Costa del Sol.

Between the remains discovered in this enclave highlights a set of lithic artifacts (tools made of stone before the appearance of metal), which were used to cutting, working hides, beating or extracting fat from animals.

These remains, after being studied, have become form part of the funds of the collection of the Municipal Archaeological Museum, where they will remain exposed in a space dedicated to the Paleolithic.

The archaeological intervention has been carried out by archaeologists from the company Archeotecture in application to the provisions of the urban planning of Estepona, which contemplates the realization of 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 that have been studied by the prehistorian Luis Pérez Ramos, a specialist in the Andalusian Paleolithic.

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