The UAM will study the origin of El Castillejo de Chilla

The UAM will study the origin of El Castillejo de Chilla

During 15 days of the next month of July, the first soundings at the El Castillejo de Chilla deposit, located in the Avila town of Candeleda (Ávila). The objective of this intervention is, in addition to investigating the origin of vetones, increase the cultural interest and favor the tourism of the place.

If the purpose of this intervention is fulfilled, a archaeological network of sites within which would be included that of The satin, one of the most prominent and important Celtic Spain, and establishing the Candeleda ethnographic museum.

Luis Berrocal-Rangel, director of the project and professor of Prehistory and Archeology at the Autonomous University of Madrid, argues that this idea “returns to society what it invests in science and research”, Since the two previous elements of the vetonic culture They are isolated since the closest museum site is in Badajoz.

In The Castillejo de ChillaStill unexplored, signs of the existence of an underground settlement can be seen, stone slopes that appear to be walls, placed stones and ceramic remains, which could be due to the existence of houses and would help to locate such a site in history.

Due to the height in which it is located, the reasons why it was built are more inclined to the strategic control of the valley of the Tietar and of all the Jerte than to its use as a simple home.

It could be historically placed between the centuries VI BC and II BC., but as Berrocal-Rangel says, there is still not enough data to be able to say that this is true.

The works to be carried out this year will consist of a exhaustive study of the surface and its surroundings, by means of tools such as geo-radar and satellite photographs, to later carry out excavations and see the stratigraphy. If all goes as it should, more excavations will take place over the next few years and the largest project will be equipped.

The project has the support of the Candeleda City Council and the Valle del Tiétar-Gredos Sur Rural Tourism Association, which entrusted it to the Foundation of the Autonomous University of Madrid to which they will provide an aid of 20,000 euros.

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