Rescue digs in Portugal ahead of dam construction
|Archaeologists have documented over 100 sites dating from the Upper Palaeolithic|
to the present day in the Sabor valley [Credit: Portugal News]
Gaspar told reporters there were three exceptional sites in the Sabor valley, where works would continue for a few more months and others that were already closing down.
At one of the sites, archaeologists found thousands of stones with graven images belonging to what they called “moveable rock art”.
“This is currently the largest Upper Palaeolithic excavation site in Portugal (…) Few in Europe have more than 300,000 pieces to be studied”, she said. Crestelos, near Mogadouro, was also considered to be an important site as it had been inhibited “continually” for more than two million years.
“Here we found Iron Age structures unlike any others in the region”, Gaspar said.
The revelations were all made Friday at the first Archaeological Meeting in Mogadouro that attracted specialists and university professors.
Before work began on a hydroelectric dam on the Lower Sabor, some 300 archaeological sites were known about, but this number has now gone up to 2,300 “a huge increase in archaeological work”, requiring a great concentration of human and material resources, she added.
Source: The Portugal News [April 22, 2013]