The architectural information and the recovered materials resulted in a greater understanding of the dynamics of occupation of the area throughout history, demonstrating that there passed through peoples from the Chalcolithic to the Roman period (the most represented) and the medieval period, both Christian and Islamic .

The works allowed “to build a biography and talk about the people who lived here, in a slightly deeper and more complex way”, explained Ana Catarina Basílio.

Deepening this aspect of history will be one of the objectives of next year’s archaeological campaign, when archaeologists intend to study “a funerary structure”, already identified, which may result in the discovery of bones that allow “some radiometric dating”.

For now, this year’s campaign is still the observation that the ground trodden in the Serra da Ota, throughout the campaign, ”would possibly be the same as [pisaram] the populations that would previously inhabit here “, since” the stratigraphic power “, that is, relative to the layers of land that cover the studied findings,” is very low “.

Ota’s archaeological site was discovered in 1932 and the current campaigns are part of a project financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology, coordinated by Ana Catarina Basílio and André Texugo Lopes, researcher at the Center for Geographical Studies and the Center for Archeology of the University of Lisbon.

This year, fieldwork counted on the participation of volunteers from six national and international universities, including, in addition to the Lisbon and Algarve academies, the University of Coimbra, the University of Porto, the Autonomous University of Madrid and the University of Jaén, the latter two from Spain.

the Ota Archaeological Project is financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology and has the support of the municipality of Alenquer (district of Lisbon), the Parish Council of Ota and the Association of Baldios de Ota.

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