Atapuerca: the project | Museo de la Evolución Humana

Atapuerca: the project

We all are in the same direction

We want to know more about the human being

The importance and magnitude of the archaeological dig in the Atapuerca Mountains, a World Heritage Site, has brought about the need for good managerial techniques. In order to manage the Site effectively, the 'Integrated Atapuerca Knowledgebase' was developed -- an integrated system that brings together all the institutions working toward common goals on the Atapuerca Project. This system, with the Human Evolution Museum taking the lead role, is made up of dependent, linked, and associated centers.
 
We consider dependent centers to be the Visitor Reception Centers of Atapuerca and Ibeas de Juarros, which are in charge of receiving and directing visitors to the Atapuerca Mountain Archaeological Site and the Archaeological Park.
 
Linked centers, which carry out tasks more specifically related to the Museum, are centers such as the Spanish National Research Center for Human Evolution (known by its acronym in Spanish, CENIEH). This center, for example, helps to manage museum collections and sees that all the exhibits of the Museum -- whether permanent or temporary -- are correctly cared for.

Among the associated centers, which help to strengthen and support the Human Evolution Museum's cultural agenda, are the University of Burgos and the Atapuerca Foundation.
 
Specifically, the University of Burgos plays a supporting role in the management of museum collections and works hand-in-hand with the Museum on joint research projects.
 
The Atapuerca Foundation, on the other hand, participates in the management of museum spaces and visitors to support and add momentum to the Integrated Atapuerca Knowledgebase Project. It is also very involved in getting educational materials and information about Museum events to the public.