Castelões 2, Chaves, North PortugalYour model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
This Late Bronze Age ‘warrior’ stela was found with another stela (Castelões 1) on the top of a hill in Castelões, Chaves, North Portugal. The stela is made of a fine granite. It measures 150 cm in height (now 20 cm are buried) and is rather flat (13-15 cm thick). The decorated surface has a smooth finish, while the reverse is coarse.The decorated surface is framed by an original zig-zag frieze (being the only other exaple the stela of Casteloes 1). The decoration is composed of three elements represented at life-size scale: a spear (top), a sword (bottom) and a Herzprung shield in the centre (extremely similar to the Cloonbrin leather shield from Ireland). There are also a schematic human figure to the right, with an element (bag?) in their hand, and a nearby dog.
*We are now conducting a new assessment of these two stelae and their find-spots. A preliminary study was published in 2013 by Silva et al in the volume “Arqueologia em Portugal 150 anos”. Lisboa: Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses,p. 625-632.