Anta de Pavia / Capela de São Dinis / São Dionísio

Anta/Dolmen - Neolithic e Modern Age (610)
This dolmen is located in the centre of the Pavia village, incorporated into a chapel dedicated to St. Dinis or St. Dionysus, during the 17th century, evidencing the religious re-purpose (Christianization) of an ancient worship space. From the original megalithic monument, which corresponded to a large dolmen with corridor and a polygonal shaped chamber, with 4m in diameter, seven 3m high orthostates were identified, along with the a cover slab, composing the apse of the small chapel. During the most recent archaeological interventions, remains of some orthostates alveoli foundations were identified in the corridor. The architectural features of this dolmen allow to chronologically place it in the Late Neolithic/Chalcolithic period. The 17th century chapel features a regular polygonal shape, with a shallow nave articulated with the corridor, and a small steeple to the north. The altar is located inside, in an elevated position and in front of the door, which is covered with tiles. This chapel was the subject of several architectural renovations. Inside this prehistoric monument a diverse collection of artefacts were identified, consisting of eight fragments of polished stone axes, two quartz hammerstones, a small granite quern element, one polisher, fragments of ceramic containers with diversified morphology characteristics and a significant set of engraved shale plates (14 fragments and one intact specimen).


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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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