Excavation at Castelo Velho de Safara - June 2018

Excavation running from the 2nd to the 30th June 2018. Apply for 2 or 4 weeks.

Castelo Velho de Safara is an Iron Age site located in the south of Portugal, at the confluence of the rivers Ardila and Safareja. Positioned on a hilltop in a commanding position, it presents three defensive walls alternated with three ditches.

Based on surface pottery collection, the site is dated between the 4th and the 1st centuries b.C.

The residential area seems to be divided according to status, and evidence of metal work on site is confirmed. The site might have served as a trading post with important connections to the nearby mines of copper and silver, and with manufactured products from the Eastern Mediterranean arriving by boat.

Castelo Velho de Safara has been known about since the 1970s, but no archaeological excavation has been conducted to date. The 2018 excavation season is the beginning of a systematic excavation project, aiming for exciting new discoveries and research.
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