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Chao de Samartín

Chao San Martin is not very extensive, nothing about love at first sight, but if we put in the hands of someone who can tell us what is your fort and its history, you shall not leave the place disappointed. Long ago, when we visited the castro, archaeologists themselves were kindly guides. That was actually about four years ago, before it paralyzed the work of the excavations at the fort by various disagreements between archaeologists and the municipality, but that’s another story. To which we, Chao San Martín ( Grandas – Asturias – Spain ), is one of the peninsular Northwest ancient deposits most rich heritage and longest occupation in time. This year in May specifically, the work began again in excavations of the Roman house ( domus ) of the fort, once it appears that there is peace between the two factions mentioned above. We do not want to trivialize the past events that had stopped excavation work , do not want to go into details, each to his own . The Romans passed by in search of gold during the first century BC, but not before receiving a good locally termed the Asturian cakes that were up the noses of the Romans , which also happened to Asterix and Obelix in Armorica (Brittany ) . The Romans were sick most of Europe at that time.


The Romans in those days for gold underground Grandas , a village very interesting and not just because there is Chao . We can make a trip to the Castro de Chao and take a walk over there , children are invited (eye, winding road ) , you can play for gold lost by the Romans. Also annexed to castro have built not long ago a very interesting museum . It saves a toddler but important collection of objects , especially in the time when the Romans were obsessed with finding gold in those lands as saying. They did not stop looking until he finally left ( the cast ) to oradar The medulla to water hammer , that’s in the province of León , making that place else with a special charm . As I mentioned, there is a very wide exposure to all kinds of Roman artefacts found in excavations of the fort . The Museum shows through several rooms , the origin and evolution of the fortified villages of western Asturias . The permanent exhibition includes pieces from the Chao Samartín but also from other fields such as Os Castros Taramundi , or Monte Castrelo Pendia PéLou .


There Nearby you can visit another museum , this is content ” ethnographic ” about the human nature of this area and its history . It is one of the most visited of Asturias and meets all sorts of traditional instruments (over 3,000 pieces) and distributed in the different areas of traditional rural house. There is even a wine press, a distillery residue, the loom, the forge, the carpenter’s shop, a kitchen , a bedroom typical country … The museum undertakes research in crops and crafts which aims to recover , with live demonstrations of Torneiro work , ferreiro , madreñeiro , Cesteiro , loom crafts , etc. . – http://www.museodegrandas.com/

Moving on, the big problem we see in this type of heritage such as forts, is that they are very exposed to the unscrupulous barbarians. As I said the person who explained regarding our visit to the place , ” the stones that were used to build the homes of our ancient relatives, now part of the low walls separating neighboring farms in the area.” This is something that has happened and is happening often in locations that are remote and can not be checked regularly. You have to rely on what civilized society is the area to leave a place like this without anyone to preserve of barbarism. There are open-air museums , ancient sites such is one of many and are very important because they contextualize the story. The better care they are, the history will tell us . In many parts of Spain there are sites such as Chao tucked among brambles , some do not even look . Now it’s getting worse because there is no money dedicated to highlight these ancient sites. It is very difficult to survive as an archaeologist in our country.

Note that throughout this region there are many village houses and rural hotels fantastic, and serve a delicious Asturian food .