ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas

Necropolis Aguilillas in El Chorro Ardales

From the “Hidden Treasures of the Costa del Sol” series.

Situated between the valleys of the Guadalhorce and Turon, a Miocene sandstone promontory some 500 meters above sea level rises. The prehistoric necropolis of Aguilillas was discovered in the late eighties and was studied in 1991.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  tumba 1 y 2

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 1 y 2

They are seven funerary structures carved into the rock that have preserved the burial chambers and numerous niches around. Some of them retain access corridors. Over two thousand archaeological and fifty people of both sexes and all ages, who were buried in these graves between 2,100 and 1,900 BC, were studied. In a period of transition between the Copper Age and Bronze.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba1-2

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba1-2

The burials were always second deposition (only bones) and consistent with their grave goods were deposited on ceramic tableware, flint knives and personal adornments (necklaces). Also, a number of metal objects (palmelas tips and punches) along with some female idols in stone were discovered.

The tombs of Aguilillas part of the prehistoric necropolis built in artificial caves south of the Iberian Peninsula, for its architectural forms, human remains and archaeological outfits are the best studied and have provided more information about the life and death of the first inhabitants of Guadalhorce.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba1-1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba1-1

Shortly after crossing the door we find the first panel where we report the circular path to visit graves 7, the circuit is about 2 kms. and that the difficulty is medium – low. A short climb of 280 meters along a forest track and started circular path. The route is marked all the way, 190 meters and the number 1, 2 and 3, we arrive at the first grave on the right to the left (east) the number 4, this is the first we visited was I is a semirupestre construction was excavated without runner and with an oval plan containing the antechamber and the chamber separated by a partition.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba4-2

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba4-2

These tombs have unbeatable views. All were excavated with stone tools of which more than 200 have been found.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  vista desde tumba7-3

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas vista desde tumba7-3

The tomb 1 is incomplete or may not have been completed, when found it presented the remains of a camera and two niches. Tomb No. 2 had a corridor and a niche in the antechamber, was covered with slabs and consists of a large chamber with two side niches. Tomb No. 3 retains a corridor and had a small antechamber.

To reach the next grave, number 5, we have to follow the path south for 180 meters before we will come across the remains of the trenches of the Civil War.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas trincheras guerra civil 1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas trincheras guerra civil 1

A few yards beyond the line we follow the spectacular tomb number 5, undoubtedly the most striking of all, this presents a corridor covered with slabs and expansion as an antechamber, the main chamber is larger and smaller niche.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  tumba 5-1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 5-1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  tumba 5-5

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 5-5

After a stretch of 100 meters of downhill that is accessible to the tombs number 6 and 7, these two tombs have no corridors, up a small antechamber and a central chamber in which three two niches were excavated.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  tumba 6-1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 6-1

 

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  tumba 7-1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 7-1

The tomb number 7 is retained in situ, a large slab that closed a niche where there was a child burial.

These tombs are in the Cerro de las Aguilillas between the Guadalhorce valley and Turon between Campillos and Ardales. Although we can drive up to the door of access to the Necropolis, for those who want an activity trail, they can leave the car in the vicinity of the reservoir Guadalhorce (Conde de Guadalhorce) and walk up a few miles to the reservoir. You can park your car in the small parking there just before the Guadalhorce reservoir coming from Ardales.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 5-6

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 5-6

LOCATION :

FULL MAP OF INTERESTING MALAGA LOCATIONS :

LINKS :

http://gpsmalaga.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/circular-necropolis-del-cerro-de-las.html

http://es.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=3909991

INTERESTING LINKS OF THE AREA :

The Area of El Chorro and Ardales : http://www.inlandproperties.info/areas/ALORA-property-and-information.html

Property for Sale in El Chorro Area : http://www.inlandproperties.info/html/search_property_for_sale.html?situat=ALORA&tabla=ANY&pueblo=ANY&pricelow=10000&pricehigh=1500000

Property for Sale in Ardales : http://www.inlandproperties.info/html/search_property_for_sale.html?situat=ANY&tabla=ANY&pueblo=ARDALES&pricelow=10000&pricehigh=1500000

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