I just stumbled, lead by a note at Pileta, with a most fascinating archaeological blog that goes by the name of Portuguese Prehistoric Enclosures. Where the term enclosure may be a cattle pen... but it may well mean a big city or more commonly a walled village of some size.
I'm almost drooling like a Pavlov's dog before the huge amount of information that this Portuguese archaeologist, A.C. Valera, is sharing with the World... and in English! As he mentions in his post #13, the phenomenon of enclosures in the Iberian peninsula has remained largely a local concern having almost no international projection.
Just yesterday, he produced a wonderful map of the known enclosures of Portugal, which is located in a separate page (and will be updated as needed).
I will probably use that blog in the future as source for my own posts but by the moment I am overwhelmed by the large amount of information that has been published and that I knew nothing or almost nothing about until now. So I'll just list by the moment some eye candy for you to follow the corresponding link (in the caption) if that's what you wish:
|004 - Fraga da Pena walled enclosure|
|008 - Santa Vitória ditched enclosure|
|009 - Leceia walled enclosure|
|016 - Castro de Santiago walled enclosure|
|030 - A long way from home (imports)|
|039 - Burning rituals|
|044 - Enclosures and funerary context: Perdigões recent evidence|
|049 - The first wood henges in Iberia|
|050 - Castelo Velho walled enclosure: a milestone|
|054 - Santa Justa walled enclosure|
|057 - Beaker and ditched enclosures|
|068 - Plurality of funerary practices in ditched enclosures|
|070 - Neolithic ditches and rectangular houses|
|072 - Águas Frias ditched enclosure|
Also very interesting (although in Spanish language) is this video on the archaeological findings of Marroquíes Bajos, Jaén (from 028 - Going public on large enclosures):
Remember: Portuguese Prehistoric Enclosures blog.