Ancient Rock Art found on Terceira Island

Rock art may not be what you think. Ancient people set about carving and painting rocks, many times in caves and other sacred places. That “art” preserves well, especially the etchings, as long as people aren’t around to deface them. (It’s what modern man likes to do, unfortunately.) Rock art has nothing to do with squealing electric guitars.

So this rock art has been found on the small, oval island of Terceira in the Azores. Terceira is home to the Azores’ oldest city and UNESCO Heritage Site, Angra do Heroísmo.

“We have an epigraph from Roman times, according to two scientists who were invited to interpret the inscription, a cave art site, megalithic structures, and an important set of structures scattered throughout the islands that need to be interpreted in new ways” ~ The president of the Portuguese Association of Archeological Research (APIA), Nuno Ribeiro, revealed in the Portuguese American Journal.

Ruins here are claimed to date from the fourth century BC. Imagine being set in the middle of the Atlantic at the time!

And here’s the thing, these discoveries were all the result of an Azores vacation!

In a interview in progress for the Portuguese American Journal, Nuno Ribeiro spoke of his claims and how he was led to his findings. It all started because he had always been interested in the topic of the “discovery” of the Azores. He said, “The factor that triggered this whole process was a leisure trip I made to the Azores with my wife in the summer of 2010 to the islands of Terceira and Corvo.”

Filed in: Azores, Rural Portugal

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