Hillfort of Cabeço


TVAP / Iron Age Hillforts Route (Castros)

Located on a hill in the middle of the southern slope of the Leiranco Mountain and dominating the wide valley ending on the Terva River between Bobadela and Boticas exists a wide hill-fort secured by three rugged wall lines. In the western part, a large and deep moat with an exterior grade preceded the defensive walls.

In the site inner platforms, ruins of circular plan houses can be observed, some of which exhibiting slabs on the pavement and still revealing the characteristic polygonal shape on the visible wall remains.

The site was subjected to archaeological excavation works and presented evidence of an occupation up to the elevation foothill, even in Roman times. A granite rock with engravings composed by several cups and grooves was found in the southwest part of the site.

Source: Unidade de Arqueologia da Universidade do Minho 2014, Rotas do Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Terva, Câmara Municipal de Boticas, Boticas. / Photography: TR