Análisis topográfico y geomorfológico del complejo kárstico de El Sidrón (Piloña, Asturias)

  1. G. Santos-Delgado 1
  2. P.G. Silva 1
  3. M. Standing 1
  4. P. Huerta 1
  5. B. Fernández Macarro 1
  6. P. Carrasco García 2
  7. J.C. Cañaveras Jiménez 3
  8. S. Sánchez-Moral 4
  9. M. de la Rasilla Vives 5
  1. 1 Universidad de Salamanca

    Universidad de Salamanca

    Salamanca, España


  2. 2 Técnicas Geofísicas S.L.
  3. 3 Universitat d'Alacant

    Universitat d'Alacant

    Alicante, España


  4. 4 Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, CSIC
  5. 5 Universidad de Oviedo

    Universidad de Oviedo

    Oviedo, España


Geotemas (Madrid)

ISSN: 1576-5172

Year of publication: 2012

Issue Title: VIII Congreso Geológico de España, Oviedo, 17-19 de julio, 2012.

Issue: 13

Pages: 666-669

Type: Article

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Since the analysis of human bones recovered from El Sidrón Cave in 1994 determined their nature of neanderthal’s remains, this archaeological site has been increasing its international interest, being nowadays one of the most relevant Neanderthal sites in Europe. The multidisciplinary analysis of this ancient human site integrates a research team on topography and geomorphology of the Salamanca University. This research team aims to develop a detailed metric-scale cartography on which carry out an exokarstic and endokarstic geomorphological study in order to establish a comprehensive morphological situation of the cave system during the human occupation period and its subsequent geomorphologic evolution. In the same way, the cornerstone of the analysis is to recognize and locate the probable exo-endokarstic connection that could explain how the neanderthal bones got to their actual location inside the cave system. This study illustrates the contribution of the topographic analyses to solve geological problems.