This week’s theme from Debbie for One Word Sunday is FOUND
In the early 1990’s, in the Coa valley in northern Portugal, a local archaeologist found rock engravings – just before the valley was to be flooded as part of a huge dam project. They were identified as Paleolithic and were to become one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of recent years. More than 1200 pieces of art have been identified over 23 sites – displacing the accepted norm that the oldest art works were restricted to caves.
Thankfully, plans for the dam were axed and UNESCO classified the area as a World Heritage Site in 1998
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15 thoughts on “FOUND!”
It really is!
That’s super interesting.
The location is a bit off the usual tourist trail so isn’t really that well known.
Fascinating. And how wonderful they were discovered in time to save them from the flooding of the valley!
I’d say there was some battle before the plans were scrapped!
That was a lucky find, if ever there was one, Marie! 🙂
It sure was- the Archaeological Park now covers 200sq kms.
What a fascinating find and interesting story, Marie! As I’ve never heard of this before – thanks so much for sharing it 🙂
it must be incredible to make a discovery like that – what every archaeologist dreams of…
Wouldn’t it be something to make a find like that or like King Tut? Unfortunately, I think a lot of archaeology is sifting through dirt and rubble. 🙂
I’ve always glamourised the job!! As a teacher of 5 year old boys, I think I was drawn to the silence and calmness of it!!! Of course it must be boring as hell most of the time but nobody sees that….. I blame Indiana Jones!!!
I agree. 🙂
It’s a wonderful find!
For them AND for me!!!!