null Tour - Castro de Toiriz

Castro de Toiriz

Approximate duration: 30 minutes

1. The parapet

An important defensive element. Toiriz has never been archaeologically excavated, but its orography and defensive system define it perfectly. The elements best reflected by this castro in Silleda are its parapets and the large accumulations of earth or land cuttings that give rise to steep slopes with clear defensive intentions, usually complemented by the presence of one or more ditches. In some cases, they are crowned by stone walls, making the settlement a true stronghold.



2. The acropolis

A geophysical and geomagnetic prospection of the site pointed to the existence underground of a large number of constructions. The circular and oval-shaped floor plans show that they are north-western peninsula Iron Age II buildings, typical of a 4th century BCE–1st century castro. This would have been a densely occupied space, which has been recreated by installing contemporary structures on its surface.


3. River Toxa Valley

The Gallaecian community that lived in Toiriz most probably devoted their time exclusively to agriculture, hence its predominant position overlooking the farmlands that stretched out below. These are fertile lands in the open valley of the rivers Toxa and Escuadro, both tributaries of the Deza, which may well have been the borderlines between the territories of different castros located in the area like Toiriz, or the neighbouring Cascaxide castro


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