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Hillfort of the Consolation Mount

Hillfort of the Consolation Mount

It’s due to A. Bellino the knowledge of several archaeological sites from the Iron Ages, specially hillforts, a very dear theme to the investigators back then, either by fitting the general line of investigation conducted by other countries on the Celtic expansion, or by revealing itself as a way of emphasizing the singularities of the northern region anchored to those times and places. Out of those exemplars, A. Bellino identified the “Hillfort of the Consolation Mount” (Castro do Monte da Consolaçao), placed on the top of an overlooking mount to the City of Braga itself, with a really strong visual dominium over the surrounding landscape, in a particularly fertile in natural and essential resources.

Gifted of a defensive system composed of wall lines and a pit, there was no evidence of a probable existence of habitational structures, rather located intra-walls, in the origin, even though a significant number of elements indicating a long presence of individuals was found, such as fragments of common pottery and manual millstones. Similarly, to what happens in other testimonies of this archeological type, the hillfort was reoccupied at a time of the roman conquer, as proving the collection, in the place, of roman construction materials, like tegulae – rectangular roof tiles – and imbrex – cove shaped roof tiles.

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