El campo de túmulos de Mata del Fraile (Brañosera-Barruelo de Santullán, Palencia): Un espacio ritual de alta montaña

Jesús F. Torres-Martínez, Antxoka Martínez-velasco, David Vacas Madrid, Gadea Cabanillas de la Torre, Manuel Fernandez-Gotz

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The existence of pre- and protohistoric ritual structures in highland locations is a characteristic phenomenon in several areas of the Cantabrian region. This paper analyses the evidence from Mata del Fraile, a group of tumuli located in the hinterlands of the oppidum of Monte Bernorio. The recent excavation of two barrows has provided one stele as sole archaeological evidence associated with the structures. Taking these results as a starting point, an interpretation of these structures as ritual spaces not associated with burials is suggested.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)218-233
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • ritual structures
  • Palentian Mountains
  • barrows
  • Mata del Fraile
  • ceremonies

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