Abandoned Vineyard in Spain, Dating Back 1000 Years, Discovered

December 27, 2013 / No Comments

Archaeologists have discovered a 1000 year old vineyard in Zaballa, a settlement that is thought to have been abandoned in the 15th century.

modern vineyard Abandoned Vineyard in Spain, Dating Back 1000 Years, Discovered

The place came into light after researchers from the University of Basque Country decided to excavate Zaballa and 300 places that settlers left from as time passed by.

The archaeologists identified a number of terraced fields at the vineyards by studying seeds, pollen, and tools.

The metal tools discovered do not seem to be for cereal crops but for vines. A more thorough study will give scientists as well as historians some information on the daily lives of people along with insights as to the changes they went through during those times.

The most updated findings on Zaballa have been published in a special issue of the journal Quaternary International.