The Castro de Santiago implanted 612 meters altitude enjoys great visual field of the surrounding landscape, that extends to the foot of Serra da Estrela Natural Park (****). Enjoying quite steep slopes, the North, This and West, thus presenting good natural defense, still leverages the great granite crags, from which built his waist walls, thereby the Castro de Santiago properly protected.
Beyond the fortified structures housing structures were identified character with central fireplace (cabanas) and other undetermined use (Stoned).
The castro Santiago had two phases of occupation: the Chalcolithic Period (3000 a 3800 a.C.) and later a brief occupation during the Middle Ages. The settlement was first populated Chalcolithic to be identified in the Beira Alta.
The site was studied between 1988 and 1995 by António Valera with the discovery of a vast estate: cerâmicos containers (some of which are furnished), weights looms, objects em pedra lascada (pints of mushroom, blades and sickles) and polished stone (axes, enxós) and remains of manual grinders.
The site corresponds essentially to a housing fortified settlement of sedentary communities and would also be a physical territory.
After visiting the archaeological circuit Ovens Algodres (that highlight the Anta's Slum, Castro Fraga da Pena (*) Add a Aldeia de Algodres(*)clearly identified and descriptive panels in local, We strongly advise you to visit the local archaeological museum in the headquarters of the municipality containing vast collection of the resulting excavated several points.
Only one repair- the Castro de Santiago should be quickly classified as a Public Interest.
Note: adapted version of the local notice board