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Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa

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16 - Vale da Casa

Vila Nova de Foz Côa - Vila Nova de Foz Côa

Chronology: Upper Paleolithic - Late Prehistory - Iron Age - Modern

Discovered in the early 1980s, it was the first rock art site identified in the region. It is located in a terrace on the left shore of the Douro, now submerged due to the rise of waters motivated by the construction of the Pocinho dam. Motifs in this terrace have been incised on horizontal panels, and portray impressive Iron Age weapons and hunting scenes. An Iberian script inscription can also be seen. Some panels also present engraved schematic art, most likely dating from the III millennium BC, if one accepts the association of these engravings with two adjoining monuments, namely a grave dated by Carbon-14 to the same period. Today, only the panels that are located outside the mentioned terrace are accessible. Of these, a Upper Paleolithic striped doe representation stands out. In total, 29 engraved rocks were identified.

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