null Historia - A Lanzada

A Lanzada

Trade in Ancient times: from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic

_Historia de las excavaciones

The first written news of the archaeological importance of A Lanzada can be attributed to the illustrious 18th-century Galician, Friar Martín Sarmiento.

At the end of the 1940s, the roadworks to establish the Portonovo-O Grove road uncovered a series of tombs and archaeological items that would lead to the first explorations of the site, with no positive results.


The archaeological digs would not begin until now, with systematic excavations in which a series of circular and oval-shapes huts appeared. This same year, and as a result of the natural erosion of the land, several burial sites were discovered and excavated in successive campaigns. Intermittent digs were carried out up until 1970, focusing on the dwelling area and, above all, the Late Roman necropolis.


Several excavation campaigns were carried out in the 1970s, with the exception of 1976, funded by the Museum of Pontevedra. In 1978, work on the site was interrupted due to the building of some single-family homes which signified the disappearance of the archaeological remains in this area.

1981 y 1983

Two emergency interventions to recover two Late Roman grave sites took place.


The excavations that had begun in the previous century were resumed, thanks to the agreement signed between Pontevedra Provincial Council and Incipit-CSIC as a part of the accessible tourism project.


The year of the last campaign carried out up until now, funded by Pontevedra Provincial Council, as a part of a project that involved excavating, disseminating, enhancing the value and musealising the site and the items found there.