Vale do Gato 3 / Anta Sul de Vale de Gato

Anta/Dolmen - Neolithic (19020)
The Anta Sul de Vale de Gatos is located 500m away from the Monte da Herdade de Vale de Gatos, close to the Barrosas brook and a very short distance away from the Anta Norte de Vale de Gato (CNS 2965) and Anta do Chapelar (CNS 26735). This megalithic monument is composed by a polygonal shaped chamber (roughly 1.90m in diameter), formed by seven large orthostates, three of which are preserved in situ, as well as a long corridor with two orthostates on each side, but with no traces of the cover slab. However, some traces of the latter can be observed over the head orthostat. The large mamoa is visible on the outside and reveals a good state of preservation. A vast and diversified artefact collection was recovered from the inside of the dolmen, composed by lithic-flaked artefacts (33 silex and quartz blade fragments, 46 silex and siliceous shale arrowheads, along with a halberd), 28 polished stone artefacts (adzes and amphibolite axes), 21 whole ceramic vessels of different morphologies, some of which carinated, two buttons, 18 shale disc-shaped beads, 11 variscite beads, a crosier fragment, 11 intact engraved shale plaques and fragments that may be part of around 26 shale plaques, along with a serpentinite plaque. The architectonic characteristics of this dolmen, combined with the recovered artefacts, allow to chronologically frame it during the Late Neolithic / Chalcolithic (3500 - 2000 BC).


Monument integrated into the route "Roteiro Megalítico de Coruche, Percurso Vale de Gatos e Chapelar". For more information regarding the tour contact the Coruche Museum in advance (

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    How to get there? Best practices

    Best practices

    Good practices when visiting archaeological sites

    To visit an archaeological site is to connect with our origins, to understand our path and evolution as a species integrated in the environment, and to respect and safeguard our heritage so that future generations can also visit and enjoy it.

    Walking the paths and enjoying the structures and archaeological pieces that survived over time, fosters the understanding of what is different, but also of what is common among different populations: basically, what identifies us as Homo Sapiens.

    More than just vestiges and ruins of the past, archaeological sites showcase our capacity for creative thought, adaptation, interconnection, comprehension and resilience. Without these traits we would not have been successful as cultural beings participating in an ongoing evolutionary process. These sites also allow to consider choices made in the past thus contributing for decisions in the present to be made with greater awareness and knowledge.

    Archaeological sites are unique and irreplaceable. These sites are fragile resources vulnerable to changes driven by human development. The information they keep, if destroyed, can never be recovered again.

    As such, the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC) invites all visitors to enjoy the beauty and authenticity of these sites, while helping to preserve them for future generations by adopting the following set of good practices:

    • Respect all signs; 
    • Do not try to access fenced areas; 
    • Do not climb, sit or walk on archaeological structures and remains; 
    • Respect areas where archaeological excavations are being carried out, not disturbing them; 
    • Do not collect materials or sediments;
    • Do not write or make graffiti on archaeological structures; 
    • Put the garbage in appropriate containers. If none exist, take the garbage with you until you find a suitable container; 
    • Leave the archaeological site as you found it; 
    • Do not drive bicycles or motor vehicles over archaeological sites; 
    • Respect and protect the plants and animals that live in the areas surrounding archaeological sites;
    • Report signs of vandalism or destruction to DGPC or Regional Directorates of Culture (DRC);
    • Share the visiting experience and the archaeological sites, as a way of raising awareness to their preservation and making them better known;
    • Do not buy archaeological materials and report to public security authorities, DGPC or DRC, if you suspect that archaeological materials may be for sale.

    Further information:

    AIA / ATTA (2013) – Guide to best practices for archaeological tourism. 

    Raposo, J. (2016) – Código de conduta para uma visita responsável a sítios arqueológicos. In Sítios arqueológicos portugueses revisitados: 500 arqueossítios ou conjuntos em condições de fruição pública responsável. Al-madan, 2ª série, p. 20 – 77. 

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