Monte do Castêlo


The place names “Castêlo” and “Castêlo hill” are the folk tradition written record that this place would have been an ancient settlement. To prove it were even found, from 80s of the twentieth century, an entire vase and conical vase fragments, a finding which is uncommon in residential contexts of late Bronze. Even today one can observe traces of walls on site, mostly composed of lines of rubble closing the spaces between the granitic rocks. The Castêlo was a small walled town of the late Bronze Age, built about 1100/800 B.C. It would have an approximate area of half a hectare and about 550 people. Its large visual field, evident in the illustration, it is common to other forts, and reflects the concern of territorial control necessary for the protection and survival of the settlements of this era. In one highest rocks we discovered a curious engraved figure, consisting of three rectangular quadrilaterals inscribed within each other, provided with four radial appendices and central dimple. It is an ancient game that came to us with the name of ric-rac.


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