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Excavations at Cueva del Mirador. This site, although a small chamber today, is thought to contain as much as 30 meters of archaeologically rich sediments. However, it will not be easy to reach the levels containing Neanderthal remains, as there is a long sequence of more recent human occupations overlying these levels. A test dig in 1998 revealed a series of Bronze Age levels. Cueva del Mirador is one of several sites in Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain, that have been studied on and off over the past century, leading to a massive advancement in the understanding of human evolution. In 2000, Sierra de Atapuerca was made a world heritage site by UNESCO.
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