Megaliths in the Alto Tejo, Portugal

Megalithic Tomb Cabeço d'Ante, Vilas Ruivas (Vila Velha de Ródão, Portugal)

Megalithic Tomb Cabeço d’Ante, Vilas Ruivas (Vila Velha de Ródão, Portugal)

39°39’35.8″N 7°42’38.2″W

39.659947, -7.710612

Megalithic-type construction [4th-3rd millennial B.C.] intended to bury members of agro-pastoral groups that extensively occupied the Fratel territory and were responsible for most of the cave engravings discovered on the banks of the Tagus River. The archaeological intervention carried out there provided the collection of a numerous and diverse set of ritual artefacts. It preserves a good part of the structure of pinned stones, which define a polygonal chamber. This is connected to a narrow and low corridor facing east but reduced to two slabs.

Inserted in PR2-Caminho das Virtudes, a pedestrian path in Vila Velha de Ródão. Follow the signs along the rural path, about 450 meters from the municipal road.

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Megalithic Tomb Cão do Ribeiro, Moitas (Proença-a-Nova, Portugal)

Megalithic Tomb Cão do Ribeiro, Moitas (Proença-a-Nova, Portugal)

39°43’19.2″N 7°52’35.9″W

39.721987, -7.876630

A megalithic funerary monument that preserves the polygonal chamber, with seven schist-grauwack supports, a corridor that reaches nearly 6m in length and part of the tumulus, however partially reconstituted to highlight the structure. Identified in the first half of the 20th century, it was the subject of archaeological excavation in 2012, which revealed a diverse set of stone and ceramic artefacts that accompanied the individuals buried there.

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