Archaeological site La Araña
Málaga City Council, Sociedad Financiera y Minera and Fundación Málaga signed a sponsorship agreement for the Archeological site La Araña in 2007. This archaeological heritage site includes a series of prehistoric and paleontological sites located on the coastal stretch between the old Cantera de Almellones and Arroyo de Totalán. It has one of the largest and best concentrations of archaeological sites of the Upper Pleistocene in the coastal strip of Andalusia.
This archaeological ensemble comprises three areas: Peñón del Cuervo, Punta Paloma and La Araña neighbourhood and Complejo de Humo. This is the area with the greatest archaeological wealth, offering a time horizon from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Chalcolithic (passing through the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic, Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic) and even from the Punic and Roman cultures.
It was declare Bien de Interés Cultural (Heritage of Cultural Interest) in 2006 by the Department of Culture of the Regional Government of Andalusia and has proved to be one of the most important archeological sites in Southern Europe in the field of Prehistory, with an archive of great wealth and conservation that has pieces dating back 400,000 years, going through different stages ranging from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Chalcolithic.
Since 1979, a research team led by the archaeologist Mr. Julián Ramos has been carrying out research, protection and dissemination of the archaeological findings extracted from the different sites.