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TOTANA, Spain — European archaeologists have discovered in Spain a millennia-old fortification system that represents the height of architecture and engineering during the Bronze Age.
The structure, called La Bastida, is located in Murcia region in southeastern Spain. The three-meter-thick walls, square towers that were once seven meters and the ogival arched postern gate — a secondary door — have not been seen in other structures from the Bronze Age, about 4,200 years ago.
The secondary door specifically is being called one of the most relevant elements of the discovery, as it is the first to be found in prehistoric Europe.
The model, with architectural elements that reflect Eastern-style military techniques, is typical of ancient Mediterranean civilizations, including the second city of Troy. Archaeologists took those elements as evidence that Mesopotamian and Egyptian people participated in the construction of the fort.