Menir de Fontelo (Armamar, Viseu)

Primeira notícia


  • Mário Varela Gomes
  • Orlando Sousa


We bring to light the discovery of a new tall menhir, currently laid on the ground, away from its
primitive erection site, in Vale de Naçarães, southwest Fontelo village (Armamar, Viseu) allowing
some considerations. It is a monolith sculpted with local granitic rock, subcylindrically shaped,
but presenting pointed extremities, measuring 5.32 m long and 1.18 m in maximum width. The
exposed surface shows three engraved cup-marks, one near the top and two paired on the mesial
volume, as well as at the central area four large pecked concentric circles, containing on its inside
a fifth circle, smaller and not centred with the larger ones. Other cup-marks were detected, but all
the engravings are much eroded and were possibly made when the menhir was already down. This
kind of monuments was probably built in the 5th millennium B.C., when the first passage graves
appear in the region. The large dimensions of this monolith, when erected allowed his viewing from
a far distance thus ordaining the surrounding space. The authors propose that this menhir to be reerected
and signalised through explanatory board on his historical and archaeological importance.




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Gomes, M. V., & Sousa, O. (2021). Menir de Fontelo (Armamar, Viseu): Primeira notícia. Portvgalia : Revista De Arqueologia Do Departamento De Ciências E Técnicas Do Património Da FLUP, 42. Obtido de