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 and abrasion, the former having an average depth of 1.5 cm and the second between 1 and 7 cm deep. These furrows and dimples draw dominantly concentric and pseudo-concentric circular motifs, which combine with dimples, curvilinear traces and more rarely rectilinear traits.

Due to its evident stylistic harmony and internal connection, the motifs engraved on this rock seem to form a compositional set of monumental character, in which the three-dimensional expression of representation is highlighted, through the evident use of the topographical characteristics of the outcrop.

For the archaeologically contextualized understanding of this site, it will be necessary to consider the relative proximity of the Hill-fort of Sapiãos, Hill-fort of Nogueira and Hill-fort of Brejo, as well as the sites with engravings of Barrenhas, Souto Escuro 2 and Outeiro Gordo.


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

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