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.
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- ritual structures
- Palentian Mountains
- Mata del Fraile