Medieval grave

medieval grave

One of the most interesting things we saw during our trip was a medieval necropolis. It’s not on the usual itinerary — in fact it’s a long way off the beaten path — but I happen to have friends in high places (or in this case, low ones). Nearly every granite outcropping of sufficient size in this field had a grave carved into it. They were remarkably small.

Their age is uncertain, since the original bodies are long gone and there’s nothing to date them. But we do know that they date back to at least the year 1000 AD.

Note of interest: more recent residents of this area used the empty graves for making wine. How very Portuguese.

(Click the image to embiggen, then click again.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to Medieval grave

  1. Power Wench says:

    Please elaborate. Was someone actually interred in that space hollowed in the boulder? What is the approximate size of the hollow? What if anything do we know about the burial method? Was it sealed once?

    • oregon expat says:

      Yes, bodies were interred in these hollowed-out graves and then covered/sealed with a slab of stone. They’re all quite small — my legs would hang over the edge! On average, the ones I saw would fit a person of 160 cm or so (I am totally guessing from memory here) with a slender build.

      I didn’t get any information on the burial methods, if known…will have to rectify that.

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