The Abrigo do Lagar Velho is an archaeological site located in the Lapedo Valley, which was discovered in 1998 and contains a child’s grave dating back to the Upper Palaeolithic period, better known as Lapedo child.
What makes this location so special is the fact that it is the only human grave from this period found across the entire Iberian Peninsula, testifying to funeral rituals having been shared by peoples across Europe dating back 29 thousand years.
The skeleton also took on a key role in the investigation surrounding the extinction of Neanderthals, as it is believed that it belonged to a child who had one Neanderthal parent and one anatomically modern human parent.
The main aim of The Abrigo do Lagar Velho Interpretation Centre is to share the results of research carried out at the Abrigo do Lagar Velho archaeological site, contextualising these findings within the history of human evolution.
Currently a National Monument, the archaeological findings have been classified as assets of national interest, designating it as a national treasure.
The Lapedo child awaits! And while you’re there, make sure to leave time to explore the PR1 Lapedo Valley walking trail so that you can delve deeper into the fantastic natural beauty of this area.
> Carrasqueira, 2420-269 Santa Eufémia – Leiria
> GPS: 39º45’29.00”N | 8º43’53.00”W
> How to get there: https://bit.ly/2ZuW6Ce
> Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays: 9:30am – 12:30pm | 2 – 5:30pm
> Organised groups, educational services and itineraries booked in advance are permitted from Monday to Friday