El Mirón

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


Country Spain
Autonomous community Castile and León
Province Ávila
Municipality El Mirón
 • Total 31 km2 (12 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 198
 • Density 6.4/km2 (17/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

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.[1]

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.[2] The woman is about 35 to 40 years of age, and was buried around 18,700 years ago.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Population of El Mirón, Spain". mongabay. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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