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Excavating in Breccia in an Early Pleistocene Site: El Chaparral (Villaluenga del Rosario, Cádiz, Spain)

Diego Salvador Fernández-Sánchez, Adolfo Moreno-Márquez,
José María Gutiérrez-López, Francisco Giles-Pacheco

Arqueol. Iberoam.

El Chaparral is a paleontological site (Villaluenga del Rosario, Cádiz, Spain) characterized by a sedimentological context typical of exokarstic systems. Macro- and microfaunal analysis indicates a chronology between 1–1.2 Ma, placing this site on the Early Pleistocene. From its discovery, El Chaparral has presented an excavation challenge, as it contains cemented blocks of compact clay breccia. This forced us to design a methodology allowing controlled recovery of breccia blocks for subsequent treatment in the laboratory. In this paper, we describe the methodology and present the results of our analysis.

Excavation methodology; Karstic system; Early Pleistocene; Breccia; Terra rossa.

Cite as
Fernández-Sánchez, D. S., A. Moreno-Márquez, J. M. Gutiérrez-López, F. Giles-Pacheco. 2017.
Metodología arqueológica de excavación en brecha de un yacimiento del Pleistoceno Inferior: El Chaparral (Villaluenga del Rosario, Cádiz, España). Arqueología Iberoamericana 36: 97-106.
Publication date: December 28, 2017.

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