Later, during the 1930s, extensive excavations were carried out that revealed a large amount of data that shows the area was inhabited from early times.The research undertaken in the 1920s and 1930s has given us almost all we know about the church today.
Many of the artefacts uncovered, such as funerary stelae, dolmens and objects from Roman villae, are now housed in the 'Museo Provincial de Burgos.' Up until the 1970s, the church could only be reached by a local road, until Jesus Vicario Moreno, who looked after Santa María de Lara and showed it to visitors until his recent death, oversaw the construction of an asphalt road leading to the church from Quintanilla de las Vinas, where he lived.
Tourism and visitors to the site have provided money to keep the church stable and protect it with projects such as the modern wooden roof.
The ruins of the foundations of the previously sizeable nave can be seen, as well as rooms that provided for the monks who lived in the monastery owned by Santa María de Lara during the 10th century.
This part of the church collapsed during the period of time that the church was abandoned, from around 1100.
A document that has been dated from the year 967 AD (or the Spanish Medieval date 929) records a monetary donation to the church and the monastery that, at that time, was under the control of Santa María de Lara, by a woman named Muniadona, the mother of Fernán González of Castile.
However, due to the lack of documents from that early era, historians have been unable to verify the location of this monastery.A funerary stela that is now housed in the Museum of Burgos that has been studied by archeologists, is believed to record the date of the reconstruction of Santa María De Lara.It is inscribed with the letters DCCCC (...), and despite the only partial remnant of the date, it is widely believed that this refers to the year 902 A view of the western side of the church.This heartfelt comedy still resonates with a 21st-century audience.Santa Maria’s Pacific Conservatory Theatre is the only professional resident company on the Central Coast and […] Can you help us?Don Bonifacio Zamora, the priest, strived to bring his discovery to the interest of historians and experts.