Prehistoric Rock-Art Site of Pala Pinta

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Prehistoric Rock-Art Site of Pala Pinta
LocationVila Real, Douro, Norte, Portugal
TypePrehistoric art
Site notes
OwnershipPortuguese Republic
Public accessPrivate Carlão, from the municipal road until Franzilhal

The Prehistoric Rock-Art Site Pala Pinta (Portuguese: Abrigo rupestre da Pala Pinta) is a Paleolithic-era rock-art site, recognized for cave paintings in the Portuguese municipality of Alijó, in the civil parish of Carlão e Amieiro.[1]


The cave was occupied during the 3rd millennium, and the rock art paintings were likely created during this period.[2][3][4]

After its discovery, on 30 December 1985, there was a move by the Serviço Regional de Arqueologia da Zona Norte (North Zone Regional Archaeological Service) to have the site classified for protection.[2][3] There was a positive reaction on 21 April 1986 to the endeavour by the Consultative Council of IPPC. Further initiatives were undertaken on 7 May by the Secretária de Estado da Cultura (Secretary-of-State for Culture) to classify the archaeological site as a National Monument.[2] Although this was never promulgated, on 18 July 2006, the area was defined as a Zona Especial de Classificação (Special Classification Zone) by the DRPorto.[2]


It was situated in a isolated, rural area in the middle of the hilltop facing the east.[2][3]

The site includes rock-art paintings over granite surface, covering an area of 12 metres (39 ft) long and 2.50 metres (8.2 ft) high.[2][3] There roughly two vertical panels, caused by fractures in the cave/clifftop, consisting of monochromatic paintings in ochre of radial imagery (likely sun or stars), points and anthropomorphic representations of figures.[2][3]



  1. ^ "Abrigo rupestre da Pala Pinta". (in Portuguese). Instituto de Gestão do Património Arquitectónico e Arqueológico. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Sereno, Isabel; Teixeira, Ricardo (1993). SIPA (ed.). "Abrigo rupestre da Pala Pinta (IPA.00005708/PT011701030007)" (in Portuguese). Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA–Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Martins, A. (2011). IGESPAR (ed.). "Abrigo rupestre da Pala Pinta" (in Portuguese). Lisbon, Portugal: IGESPAR-Instituto de Gestão do Património Arquitectónico e Arqueológico. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. ^ Sousa (1989)


  • Mesquita, Horácio de; Correia, Virgílio (1922), "Arte rupestre em Portugal - A Pala Pinta", Terra Portuguesa (in Portuguese) (4), Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 145–147
  • Junior, Joaquim Rodrigues dos Santos (1933), "O abrigo pré-histórico da Pala Pinta", Trabalhos de Antropologia e Etnologia (in Portuguese) (6 (1)), Porto, Portugal, pp. 33–43
  • Sousa, Orlando (1989), "O Abrigo de Arte Rupestre da Pala Pinta - Alijó", Trabalhos de Antropologia e Etnologia (in Portuguese) (29 (1–4)), Porto, Portugal, pp. 191–198