Abrigo do Lagar Velho is an archaeological site in the Lapedo Valley, discovered in 1998 and classified as a national monument. The main attraction on this site is the grave of a child from the Upper Palaeolithic, also known as the Lapedo Child.
It is the only known human burial site from this period in the entire Iberian Peninsula. It is a testimony to burial rituals shared throughout Europe, from the Iberian Peninsula to the Ural Mountains, by humans that lived in this territory over 25,000 years ago. This skeleton was also in the middle of the discussion on Neanderthal extinction, and some experts see it as the result of admixture between this human species and our own.
The Centre for the Interpretation of Abrigo do Lagar Velho aims to raise awareness for the investigation on this archaeological site and its due place in the history of human evolution.