Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Building symbols in Alentejo

The Late Neolithic settlement of Aguas Frias, in Central Alentejo, seems to display a symbolic architectonic plan which could be interpreted as a sintesis of the same symbols displayed on the two mississipian sites showed on the last posts: the semi-circular plan of the earthworks in Poverty Point and the snake-like plan of Serpent Mound.

Águas Frias has been interpreted as a settlement site, though it showed a very unique caracteristic which gives an extra symbolic dimension to the site: it is the only known "factory" of the highly symbolic shist plaques that caracterize the deposits in the alentejan dolmens (as well as in the areas around Alentejo).

Where are the limits between a settlement and a ritual site?

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