Archaeological Site of Atapuerca



CountrySpain
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
CoordinatesN42 22 17 W3 32 50
Inscription Date2000
Property (ha)284
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement; land-use; or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures); or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change
Unesco Reference Number989
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/989
DescriptionThe caves of the Sierra de Atapuerca contain a rich fossil record of the earliest human beings in Europe, from nearly one million years ago and extending up to the Common Era. They represent an exceptional reserve of data, the scientific study of which provides priceless information about the appearance and the way of life of these remote human ancestors.
StatusWorld Heritage Site