Aranbaltza

Pleistocene/Holocene site located on the coast of Biscay.

Settlements of Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens.

 

 

This was an open-air settlement in which a middle-Paleolithic settlement has been identified, evidence of Châtelperronian occupation, Mesolithic occupations and remains of Chalcolithic settlement.

The site is of special interest in order to learn about the variations in the modes of life of Neanderthal and modern human populations throughout the Upper Pleistocene and to understand the Paleolithic open air habitat.

Joseba Rios is the principal investigator of the research project associated with this excavation that forms part of a broader project examining the transition from the Middle to the Upper Paleolithic period around the Bay of Biscay.