Excavations at Monte Bernorio - The Oppidum of Monte Bernorio (Spain)

Project Details


Since January 2015, Dr. Manuel Fernández-Götz has become co-director of the archaeological project “Monte Bernorio in its environment”. As part of the three years cooperation agreement with the Monte Bernorio Institute of Ancient Studies of the Cantabric (IMBEAC) and its director Dr. Jesús Francisco Torres-Martínez, students from the University of Edinburgh will participate at the archaeological fieldwork seasons (excavations and surveys).

Monte Bernorio is a large fortified settlement (oppidum) from the First Millennium BC, located in the Province of Palencia in Northern Spain. Although there are earlier finds belonging to the Chalcolithic and the Bronze Age (c. 3000-2000 BC), continued occupation of the site started in the Late Bronze Age (9th-8th centuries BC). During the Iron Age, Monte Bernorio was one of the main centres of the Cantabri until its conquest by the Roman army of Emperor Augustus during the Cantabrian Wars (29-19 BC). Near the oppidum, at the plateau known as ‘El Castillejo’, a large Roman military camp has been identified; it was probably directly related to the attack and destruction of the settlement at Monte Bernorio.
Effective start/end date29/12/1431/12/17


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