Anta Grande da Comenda da Igreja

Anta/Dolmen - Neolithic (616)
The dolmen of Comenda da Igreja is located atop a hill, on the right bank of the Lavre Brook, in a landscape with a significant presence of megalithic monuments. This imposing megalithic monument consists of a polygonal shaped chamber (about 4.5 m in diameter), composed by eight granite orthostates, around 6m tall, covered by a large slab, which is currently fractured, and a long corridor, around 11m long, with supports 2m high, subdivided into two sections. Vestiges of the tumulus that covered the monument can be found outside. A vast and diverse collection of artefacts was found inside the monument, consisting of flaked stone artefacts (nuclei, blades, microliths, mostly trapezoid, daggers, halberds and roughly 20 arrowheads) produced in different raw materials such as flint and quartz, polished stone artefacts (axes, adze, gouges), ceramic containers with diverse morphological characteristics (carinated bowls, plates, globular), a significant set of engraved schist plates, sandstone plates, bone hair pins, zoomorphic pendants, necklace elements in green stone (talc, moscovite, variscite), lignite, fluorite and amber with different typologies. The architectural features of this dolmen allow to chronologically frame it in the Late Neolithic / Chalcolithic (3500 - 2000 BC).


This monument is integrated in the route " Évora Megalítica".

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    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; 
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    • Put the garbage in appropriate containers. If none exist, take the garbage with you until you find a suitable container; 
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    • Share the visiting experience and the archaeological sites, as a way of raising awareness to their preservation and making them better known;
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    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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