Archaeology and recovery of a mining landscape

TIN TARTESSIAN EXPLOITATION IN SAN CRISTOBAL DE LOGROSÁN (CÁCERES, SPAIN)

News

July 06, 2017

End of the archaeological and geo-mining survey in the environment of Logrosán

On June 30, the archaeological and geo-mining prospection was completed in the Ruecas river valley, included in the second annual project. In three different geographical landmarks ...

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March 18, 2017

The Treasure of Berzocana, in the Congress of History of Archeology

The team will participate in the Fifth International Congress on the History of Archeology, dedicated in this edition to Archeology of museums: 150 years of the ...

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...the highest momentum of the site of Logrosán should correspond to the great flowering period of Tartesos...(V. Sos Baynat, 1977)

 


Presentation


The Cerro de San Cristobal de Logrosán (Cáceres) is a granitic elevation of 684 m jutting out into the plain that extends from the Southwest mountains of Villuercas to the valley of the Guadiana river. Regardless of the importance of its geostrategic position and wide visual domain, which largely could justify the ruins of different periods still visible in its Eastern sector, its most remarkable aspect is undoubtedly the potential of the tin mineralization that is concentrated in its Western half. The study of the archaeological remains and geology of San Cristobal is linked to the names of M. Roso de Luna, J. R. Mélida, V. Sos Baynat and C. Merideth, among others.

C. Merideth archaeological works in San Cristobal (1992-2002), in collaboration with PRETAGU R.G., UEX, have allowedrecognizing a mining-metallurgical centre devoted to tin extraction in the Tartessian era. In the surrounding area the Solana de Cabañas stela and the Berzocana treasure were found. The embedding of the cassiterite from Logrosán whithin Tajo-Guadiana and Atlantic-Mediterranean circuits seem to justify, among other reasons, the early integration in Tartessos of the current Extremadura territory. After the unexpected death of  C. Merideth (2005), this project aims to continue his work in this unique enclave located within the Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Geopark[+]

Solana de Cabañas stela




Team

Team

Research group, working team and collaborators

Objectives

Objectives

Main axis and objectives of the project

Archaeology

Archaeology

Planned excavations and archaeological surveys

Anual events

Anual events

Working plan and performances scheduled




Project

Contributions and scientific production related to the project

Logrosán

Publications of interest about Logrosán and its surroundings

Communication

References to the project in the media

Disemmination

Social projection of the results of the project