Atapuerca, Province of Burgos

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Municipality and town
View of Atapuerca, 2009
View of Atapuerca, 2009
Official seal of Atapuerca
Municipal location of Atapuerca in Burgos province
Municipal location of Atapuerca in Burgos province
Country Spain
Autonomous community Castile and León
Province Burgos
Comarca Alfoz de Burgos
 • Total 25 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 953 m (3,127 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 202
 • Density 8.1/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 09199

Atapuerca (Spanish pronunciation: [ataˈpweɾka]) is a municipality and town located in the province of Burgos, Castile and León, Spain. According to the 2005 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 195 inhabitants. It encompasses the Archaeological Site of Atapuerca and is famous for its prehistoric archaeological sites.[1] The municipality of Atapuerca is made up of two towns: Atapuerca (seat or capital) and Olmos de Atapuerca.

The small town plays host to an annual cross country running event—the Cross de Atapuerca—which attracts over 2000 runners each year.[2]

On November 30, 2000, Atapuerca was declared a World Heritage by UNESCO. The Archaeological Site of Atapuerca is the only one in Europe where it is possible to follow the evolution of the first human beings to inhabit the European Continent. In 1899 construction a of new railway unveiled several significant archaeological sites.[1]


External links[edit]

  • Media related to Atapuerca at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 42°22.6′N 3°30.5′W / 42.3767°N 3.5083°W / 42.3767; -3.5083