La bastida

As director of the Seminar of Preventive History of Man of the Central University of Madrid, Julio Martínez Santa-Olalla directed four campaigns of systematic excavation on the La Bastida site between 1944 and 1950, assisted by several of the seminar’s customary collaborators.


1944-45 Campaign

1948 Campaign

1950 Campaign

In those years, over 100 tombs were discovered, as well as different room and production structures which were given the name “departments.”

The first results were published in 1947 in a report produced by the office of the Commissioner-General of Excavations, a position also held by Julio Martínez Santa-Olalla. This publication is still an important information source. The results of the 1948 campaign were published in “Cuadernos de Prehistoria Primitiva” (Notebooks of Primitive Prehistory) (1948) and in the “Noticiario Arqueológico Hispánico” (Hispanic Archaeological News) (1956), while the 1950 campaign was not published.

The objects found are distributed between the Museum of Murcia, Museum of Cartagena and the National Archaeological Museum.