Poblado de Los Millares, Santa Fe de Mondujar

#185 of 309 in Things to do in Province of Almeria
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Los Millares is a Chalcolithic occupation site 17 km north of Almería, in the municipality of Santa Fe de Mondújar, Andalusia, Spain. The complex was in use from the end of the fourth millennium to the end of the second millennium BC and probably supported somewhere around 1000 people. It was discovered in 1891 during the construction of a railway. It was first excavated by Luis Siret in the succeeding years. Further excavation continues today.
The site covers and comprises three concentric lines of stone walls, the outer ring the largest, running more than 650 feet with nineteen 'bastions' and a gate guarded by foreworks. The road to the site is guarded by four smaller outlying stone forts. There is an extensive cemetery of eighty passage grave tombs. Radiocarbon dating has established that one wall collapsed and was rebuilt around 3025 BC.
A cluster of simple dwellings lay inside the walls as well as one large building containing evidence of copper smelting. Pottery excavated from the site included plain and decorated wares including symbolkeramik bowls bearing oculus motifs. Similar designs appear on various carved stone idols found at the site. Although primarily farmers, the inhabitants of Los Millares had crucially also learned metal working, especially the smelting and forming of copper, and the site is considered highly important in understanding the transition from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age. The Los Millares culture eventually came to dominate the Iberian peninsula.
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  • We fall into the "fan" category. It's best to visit the Archaeology Museum in Almeria beforehand to learn all about who lived here, when and how they made a living. Otherwise there isn't enough...  more »
  • Wonderful plot of our prehistory, we were fortunate to speak with the archaeologist, and together we dream about what daily life would be like at that time
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  • The tour was very nice, very well signposted. The recreation of the perfect village. Highly recommended for schools.
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