Castro de Castromaior

Point of interest en Portomarín

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Castro de Castromaior

Castro de Castromaior - Tm/Wikimedia

Castro de Castromaior - Tm/Wikimedia

Castro de Castromaior

In the town of Portomarín, located in the province of Lugo, there is one of the most popular archaeological sites in the northwest of the peninsula, the Castromaior fort. In this castro, developed in the Iron Age, it was inhabited between the fourth centuries BC and I AD until three different populations, until its abandonment with the first Roman approaches. Of him they emphasize his big dimensions, since it counts on an area of ​​approximately 5 hectares, and his good state of conservation. Between 2006 and 2010 it was the center of archaeological works in order to discover its entire structure, thereby achieving that in 2010 it obtained the title of Cultural Interest. Thanks to this title and being located a few meters from the route that connects the French Way with Santiago de Compostela, it has become one of the most popular locations on the Camino de Santiago.

Like other popular castros, the Castro de Castromaior is located on an elevation since its inhabitants had great visibility to be prepared for enemy attacks. It is distributed by a main enclosure, where homes were concentrated, and different walled platforms located outside. According to experts, the usual houses that formed in castro, were initially made with vegetables, but a fire calcined them and were rebuilt with stone walls. Currently, in the castro the ditches and holes where the posts were located are preserved.

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