Xacemento ao ar libre de Coto Fenteira


Description:
Ceramic and lithic remains have already been identified in previous survey work in this area (R. FABREGAS-1997), which would suggest that this is the site of a prehistoric open-air settlement (the presence of other significant archaeological sites: various petroglyphs and a mound, in the immediate environs of this site also favour this interpretation).

Three spreads of archaeological material have been identified in the S and SE of the base of Coto Fenteira: - Area 1: Situated in the S and E zone of the grading; it relates to earth removal associated with the road adjacent to the field; 13 small, very abraded fragments of plain pottery were recorded; there was also a fragment of a possible polished axe of large size (amphibolite?) and a piece of polished granite of trilobed form.

These were all recovered from an area of approx. 100m. - Area 2: Situated in the NNW zone of the football field; it concerns the earth removal associated with the track adjacent to the field and the clearings made to flatten the zone; six very abraded fragments (one base) of plain pottery, found over a linear area of 30-40m. - Area 3: Situated on a track, beside a small, rocky, coto (elevated area), SW of the grading of the football field (150m away) and oriented toward the ría of Vigo; the most interesting, and clearly prehistoric, material was found here: a decorated fragment of Beaker pottery, another piece belonging to a rim with a pointed lip, a third plain fragment, and a possible core of white flint (or similar).

In view of the results presented, we believe that the principal “nucleus” of the site could have been located on a small spur where a house has since been constructed in Coto Fenteira.

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