Cromeleque de Vale de Maria do Meio

Cromlech - Neolithic e Neolithic (10546)
The Vale Maria do Meio cromlech is located at the top of a small elevation, about 1km away from the Portela de Mogos cromlech (CNS 612) and 15 km northwest of the city of Évora, in a landscape with an expressive presence of megalithic monuments. This enclosure presents an elongated plant, arranged along an axis perpendicular to the contour lines, 37m long and 25m wide, facing east. The 34 menhirs that compose this enclosure were carved, mostly, in granite, presenting predominantly ovoid shapes and an average length of about 1.74m. The more prominent sized monoliths were concentrated in the western area of the hilltop, the remaining being scattered in the east slope, following the hill's inclination. The menhir arrangement raises the hypothesis that this enclosure had two distinct stages of construction. Two of the menhirs (10 and 18) were decorated with crosiers and lunar crests, having strong similarities to the identified motifs of the Almendres chromlech. The spoil is scarce and fragmented, composed mainly of flaked stone artefacts drafted in flint (burins, flakes, lamellae, splinters and carving remains) and highly rolled ceramic fragments. The architectural features of the site and the identified materials, with particular emphasis on rock materials, raise the hypothesis of its construction and use to be framed within the Early and Middle Neolithic.


Megalithic monument integrated in the Routes: "Megalithic Évora" and "Évora Rural Tour".

Visit conditions

Free entrance



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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