Looking for the ‘Asturian’ dwelling areas: New data from El Alloru and Sierra Plana de la Borbolla (Asturias, Spain)

  1. Pablo Arias
  2. Miriam Cubas
  3. Miguel Ángel Fano
  4. Esteban Álvarez-Fernández
  5. Ana Cristina Araújo
  6. Marián Cueto
  7. Patricia Fernández Sánchez
  8. Eneko Iriarte
  9. Inés L. López-Dóriga
  10. Sara Núñez
  11. Christoph Salzmann
  12. Carlos Duarte
  13. Felix Teichner
  14. Luis C. Teira
  15. Paloma Uzquiano
International conference on the Mesolithic in Europe (9. 2015. Belgrado)

ISBN: 978-86-80094-15-1 978-86-80094-16-8

Year of publication: 2021

Volume: 1

Pages: 169-176

Type: Conference paper


The ‘Asturian culture’ is an archaeological techno-complex characteristic of the coastal areas of centraland eastern Asturias and western Cantabria in northern Spain. Despite a long tradition of research on thisarchaeological phenomenon, little information has been acquired about domestic structures. Even locationsof living areas have been poorly understood. Dealing with this problem in northern Spain has been one of themain aims of COASTTRAN, a research project that has investigated the transition from the Late Mesolithic tothe Neolithic on the Atlantic coast of south-western Europe. This paper presents the results of the programmethat systematically investigated this issue. The programme included a detailed geomorphological assessmentof the most promising areas, magnetometry survey, sedimentological cores, and archaeological test pits intwo selected open-air sites: El Alloru and Sierra Plana de la Borbolla. The preliminary results of this researchare presented here, and implications for the study of the Mesolithic of northern Iberia are discussed.