Monte do Castro

The end of a culture

The great fire

It is possible the castro was abandoned as a result of a great fire that affected a substantial area of the settlement in the middle of the 1st century. Such was its voracity, as documented in the archaeological digs, that significant amounts of carbonised cereals, such as wheat, barley or millet, stored in large structures made from perishable materials, were preserved. Research associates the fire with the Roman presence, a hypothesis reinforced by the recovery of Roman military items.