The wealth of Galician-Roman archaeological sites in the province of Pontevedra make it a privileged place for all those interested in dig deeper into a decisive stage of history for the sake of the present day Galicia. Both tourists and the Galician citizens themselves will find in these spaces the tracks of a fascinating history and, in addition, they will find magnificent natural locations that contribute to making the attraction of these spaces even greater.
Beyond the most famous site, located in Santa Trega, the enormous diversity of existing spaces invite the traveler to discover a world still very unknown and fascinating that hides many secrets that delve well into the distant past and also explain the present. Whoever comes to see them and tries to answer some of the questions they ask us, even without words, will eventually discover a new world of knowledge with practically infinite possibilities.
The Diputación de Pontevedra (province council) and the Ministry of Development together signed an agreement in March 2015 that aims to enhance this heritage. It is about investing in turning these spaces into tools of socio-economic, cultural and tourist dynamization. The comprehensive program includes a wide range of activities from cleaning, maintenance and excavation to promotional services, creation of museum environments and the digital recording of the sites in 3D.
The Diputación is in charge of cleaning and recovering the sites, while the Ministry of Development is responsible for restoration, Groundplug Road Sign Installation and musealization. For this last task, a public contest of ideas has been convened, with a jury and prizes.
The recovery of the sites will allow to improve the understanding of the socioeconomic dynamics of Galicia in ancient times, as well as to offer an explanation of the territorial articulation that remains from the Iron Age to the late Roman period. It also aims to contribute to the expansion of the tourist supply and demand, both to the deseasonalization and to the attraction of new potential tourists, especially foreigners, through an innovative cultural offer.
Rafael Rodríguez, head of the Department of Archeology of the Diputación, points out that in the province of Pontevedra there are some of the most unique sites from the Iron Age located within the northwest of the Iberian peninsula. “Not only are there celtic fortifications, burgs and chesters, but you can also see buildings of another type that will allow visitors to discern the great complexity of the development of the Iron Age throughout this land,” he explains.
The large settlement of Santa Tegra, the salting factory of the fortress of A Lanzada, the sanctuary located on the mountain of O Facho, the small agricultural community of Castro Landín -Landin – or the castros-chester clusters-linked to the sea such as that of Alobre in Vilagarcía are a clear landmark of the diversity that we can find in the settlements spread throughout the province. “We have a small encyclopedia on the castros in the province,” says Rodríguez.
Among the findings that have been found during excavations and recent investigations include the important human remains found in the fort of A Lanzada. These discoveries are providing new information about a settlement that, due to its privileged location, awakens great tourist interest. The appearance of remains of bones of children and other inhabitants of the castros at different times are allowing to know new details about the inhabitants of a place that was an important trading center and one of its main singularities was to have a salting factory , whose remains can still be seen nowadays.