El Mirón

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El Mirón, Spain
The bottom of the mountain El Miron
The bottom of the mountain El Miron


Autonomous communityCastile and León
MunicipalityEl Mirón
 • Total31 km2 (12 sq mi)
 • Total124
 • Density4.0/km2 (10/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

El Mirón is a municipality located in the province of Ávila, Castile and León, Spain. According to the 2006 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 198 inhabitants. The number increased to 207 in 2012.[2]

The name came into attention upon the discovery an Upper Paleolithic (Magdalenian) skeleton in 2015 from the El Mirón Cave. The skeleton was that of a woman and is coated with ochre (a red pigment), hence she is nicknamed The Red Lady of El Mirón.[3] The woman is about 35 to 40 years of age, and was buried around 18,700 years ago.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Municipal Register of Spain 2018". National Statistics Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Population of El Mirón, Spain". mongabay. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  3. ^ Straus, Lawrence G.; González Morales, Manuel R.; Carretero, Jose Miguel; Marín-Arroyo, Ana Belen (2015). ""The Red Lady of El Mirón". Lower Magdalenian life and death in Oldest Dryas Cantabrian Spain: an overview". Journal of Archaeological Science. 60 (1): 134–137. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2015.02.034.
  4. ^ González Morales, Manuel R.; Straus, Lawrence G. (2015). "Magdalenian-age graphic activity associated with the El Mirón Cave human burial". Journal of Archaeological Science. 60 (1): 125–133. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2015.02.025.
  5. ^ Weiss, Daniel (11 August 2015). "The Red Lady of El Mirón". Archaeology. Archaeological Institute of America. Retrieved 27 July 2016.

Coordinates: 40°32′N 5°24′W / 40.533°N 5.400°W / 40.533; -5.400