La Cerámica Protohistórica e Histórica en el yacimiento del Portalón de Cueva Mayor, Sierra de Atapuerca. Burgos

  1. Amalia Pérez Romero 1
  2. José Miguel Carretero Díaz 14
  3. Alfonso Alday Ruiz 2
  4. Juan Luis Arsuaga 34
  1. 1 Universidad de Burgos

    Universidad de Burgos

    Burgos, España


  2. 2 Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

    Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

    Lejona, España


  3. 3 Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    Madrid, España

    ROR 02p0gd045

  4. 4 Centro UCM-ISCIII de Investigación sobre Evolución y Comportamiento Humanos
Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Cerámica y Vidrio

ISSN: 0366-3175

Year of publication: 2013

Volume: 52

Issue: 4

Pages: 183-193

Type: Article

DOI: 10.3989/CYV.242013 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor


El Portalón of Cueva Mayor is one of the present-day entrances to the Cueva Mayor-Cueva del Silo karst system located in the Sierra de Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain). It is an important archaeological site with extended Holocene occupation, supported by numerous radiocarbon dates, which has been subjected to a number of excavations since the nineteen seventies. Here we present and examine the pottery remains belonging to protohistoric (Iron Age) and historic (Romanization, Middle Age and Contemporary Modern Age) periods. Description of their shapes, functional and decorative features have been utilized as references for establish parallelisms with other sites sharing chronology both, at regional and peninsular levels. The collection, which includes approximately 4000 fragments, it is striking neither for its shapes nor for its decorations, however, it helps us to explain why this cave was occupied at the end of Prehistory and sporadically during historical times.