Ancient Rock Carvings Route


The designated rock carvings art is one of the domains of symbolic representation that most defies the limits of interpretation, not only scientific but also popular. One of his most well-known manifestations are the compositions formed by geometric figures, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic, engraved on rock and whose original meaning usually escapes us.

However, we believe that those who scratched the stone tried to make the memory of the world they knew never be forgotten and it is precisely from this conviction that this script arises to restore to everyday life the memories of one of the many historical landscapes that helped to form all that today we see and apprehend in the Upper Terva River Valley.


Outeiro Gordo

TVAP / Ancient Rock Carvings Route The engravings are in an extensive and flat granite slab that appears on the surface of the terrain, in the rising edge of the knoll, with a wide view on the valley of the Terva River.     Two motifs are distinguished, separated from each other by about 3 […]

Souto Escuro 1

TVAP / Ancient Rock Carvings Route Located at the western end of the slope of Leiranco, near the village of Bobadela, the rock engravings identified in this place are inscribed on a granite slab facing the valley, with about 14 m2, partially fractured. Scattered on the surface are innumerable furrows and dimples, obtained by pecking […]

Souto Escuro 2

TVAP / Ancient Rock Carvings Route Like the Souto Escuro 1 site, from which it is about 200 m to N, this site is located at the foot of the southeast slope of the Serra do Leiranco, near the village of Bobadela. The engraving, obtained by pecking and abrasion, is in a granite outcrop that […]

Alto da Seara

TVAP / Ancient Rock Carvings Route Located on the left bank of the stream of Ardãos, the rock engravings are found in a flattened plain that develops until the lagoons of the Batocas, inscribing on a granite slab with approximately 25 m2. The engravings, made by pecking and abrasion, include motifs consisting of grooves that […]

The engravings of the Upper Terva River Valley are part of the so-called Atlantic Art, a symbolic manifestation identified from the Vouga River to the British Isles and that is generally recognized to have been produced by the communities that occupied the territory between the 4th and 1st millennium BC.


This route is not signaled


Source: Unidade de Arqueologia da Universidade do Minho 2016, Rotas das Gravuras, Câmara Municipal de Boticas, Boticas. / Photography: TR