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Duna de Bolonia: The Spanish sand dune hiding Roman ruins

In recent years, archaeological excavations have identified ancient burial tombs once hidden deep in the depths of the dune. Experts aren’t exactly sure how many chambers lie beneath, but because the sand helped preserve bones and the structure’s foundation, the necropolis remains remarkably intact, with artifacts like jewelry and arrowheads.

The nearby archaeological site of Baelo Claudia dates back to the 2nd century BC and is one of Spain’s best-preserved Roman settlements. Complete with ancient baths, a theatre, temple, forum, aqueducts and breathtaking views towards Morocco. garum production of fish sauce. After an earthquake in the 3rd century CE, the settlement was gradually abandoned, only to be discovered under the sand many centuries later.

As the winds continue to shape and shift this unique landscape, historians hope that Bolonia will remain protected and continue to reveal more of its secrets for future generations.

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