Algarbes Necropolis

Tarifa, Spain

The Algarbes Necropolis is one of the most important archaeological ensembles of the province of Cádiz dating back to the Bronze Age (end of 3rd century BCE).

It has eight artificial caves in the shape of a circular chamber with entryways on different levels and two of them, nearly identical in symmetrical disposition, flank an ample corridor carved in sandstone. The latter correspond, due to the structure, to a big threshold related to megalithic burial grounds under a covered gallery.

The ten burial tombs may be divided in two groups. Those with a vertical entry, in the fashion of wells or grain storage silos, belong to the first group; and to the second, the vaulted ones with a side access may be adscribed. The archaeological site also houses a tomb that wholly differs from the former. It is an anthropomorphic tomb possibly assigned to a children burial.

The necropolis has been excavated in its totality by Carlos Posac Mon during the years 1967 to 1972 and the findings are of great value. Among these were found lots of ceramic urns. Pieces of bronze, ebony and gold have also been documented, as well as stone utensils, carved or polished, and ornamental objects such as pendants and perforated discs made from sea shells. Several lived in caves are found in the proximity and those were inhabited until 1930 approximately. An Islamic necropolis is also nearby.

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Founded: 300-200 BCE
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Spain

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Roberto Benelli (11 months ago)
it was already closed from 15.00 very beautiful archaeological area worth a visit EARLY IN THE MORNING because then it's very hot
alfredo garcia-pardo (14 months ago)
Spectacular site. Closed Someone made their money on the premises. For your visit I recommend door jumping ability or low crawl ability go. A pity that such an interesting site is closed.
LACABRA AUDIOVISUAL (2 years ago)
Surrounding area very complete for the practice of enduro and mountain biking. If you follow the firewall that has light antennas along the way, you will find the mountain-bike descents.
Mon Jardâo (2 years ago)
A cool archeological site, which is very little known. Highly recommended place to visit and that has an incredible story behind it
emmanuelle CHAPELAT (2 years ago)
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