Saturday, October 2, 2021

0447 - And another new one

 Again in Serpa municipality, where several ditched enclosures have been found, another new one was recently detected. It is clearly a three ditched enclosure, with patterned lobes, very similar to Borralhos and Folha do Ouro, just a few km apart. 

The discovery, made in Google Earth, was done by Teresa Nunes da Ponte, who kindly provide me with the information. 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

0446 - A new lobed one

Magnetogram just completed and photographed on the laptop. Another lobed patterned one, and the two aligned gates are orientated at 120º, meaning winter solstice. They keep coming and confirming that prescriptions must have existed about the design and orientation of these enclosures, as I have been arguing for some time now. Work by Era Arqueologia, with geophysics by Tiago do Pereiro, assisted by me and other Era collaborators.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

0445 - Twinned enclosures?

A new ditched enclosure was detected just 200m north of the ditched enclosure of Xancra, in Alentejo, South Portugal. The identification was done in an aerial image from 2020 provided by Google Earth. Surface materials indicate a Copper Age chronology, jut like Xancra. The proximity is food for thought, and might corroborate the idea that many of these ditched enclosures had short lives and intermittent ones, implicating lateral displacements or overlapping construction of enclosures, which has been documented on several occasions. Work developed by the NIA-Era Arqueologia (A. Valera and T. do Pereiro).

See discussion in: 

Valera, A.C., Ramos, R., Castanheira, P. (2015), “Os recintos de fossos de Coelheira 2 (Santa Vitória, Beja)”, Apontamentos de Arqueologia e Património, 10, Lisboa, NIA-ERA, p.33-45.

Valera, A.C.; Pereiro, T. (2015), “Os recintos de fossos da Salvada e Monte das Cabeceiras 2 (Beja, Portugal)”, Actas do VII Encontro de Arqueologia Peninsular, Aroche-Serpa 2013, p.316-327.