Road works turn up hidden history of Madrid

14th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 June 2006, MADRID — Long-running road works on the M-30 motorway around the capital have led archaeologists to discover Madrid is older than first thought.

14 June 2006

MADRID — Long-running road works on the M-30 motorway around the capital have led archaeologists to discover Madrid is older than first thought.

Now it is believed people lived there 500,000 years ago after fossils of micro-vertebrates, remnants of hunter gatherers and a Roman villa were discovered there.

Previously it had been thought the first inhabitants roamed the area which is now home to madrilenos around 350,000 years ago.

Earth movements caused by the motorway works have stirred up fossils which might never have been discovered.

Work on the M-30 has been stopped in some areas after archaeologists discovered historical artefacts.

They have included artefacts from the Roman Empire, 15th Century aqueducts and remnants of a 17th Century canal which King Carlos III wanted to build to connect Madrid with Lisbon.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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