Anta do Chapelar

Anta/Dolmen - Neolithic (26735)
The Anta do Chapelar is located atop an elevation, on the border of Coruche and Montemor-o-Novo, and at a small distance away from Anta Sul de Vale de Gato (CNS 19020) and Anta Norte de Vale de Gato (CNS 2965). This megalithic monument is composed by a polygonal shaped chamber (with roughly 3.5m in diameter) formed by seven orthostates (three toppled and two preserved in situ), without traces of a cap-stone (an orthostate/lid was identified 5m away from the monument). During excavations, the corridor (which was facing east) was composed by three orthostates on each side (with roughly 2.37m long) and preserved one of its cover lids, in a bad state of preservation. Scarce traces of the mamoa could be found on the outside. A vast and diversified artefact set was found on the inside, composed by lithic-flaked artefacts (three complete silex blades, nine silex lamella fragments, two geometric silex shapes, two rock-crystal quartz cores/nuclei and 41 shale and silex arrowheads), six polished stone artefacts (axes and adzes), 47 ceramic vessels of diverse morphology, with a special highlight on a clay oil lamp and a jar decorated with "eyelids", a thick disc-shaped bead, two crosiers, six decorated shale plaques and 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, Vale de Gatos e Chapelar". For more information regarding the tour contact the Coruche Museum in advance. (

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    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; 
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    • 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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