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Portugal Coa Valley 2.5 Euro Silver Coin

Wed Aug 23 02:20:40 2017

One of the side affects of a Dam Project along the Coa River in Portugal was the survey and discovery of an extensive network of pre-historic rock art which dates from 22,000 years ago to the present in several historical layers. The earliest paintings are from 22,000-20,000 years. The second set of drawings date from 16-10,000 years and is more plentiful. Further art works are seen throughout human existence from the Epipaleolithic period, the Neolithic, the Chalcolithic and Bronze Ages, into the 5th and 1st centuries and finally the 17th to 20th century which includes trains.plane and bridges alone with religious and anthropomorphic and zoomorphic designs that included weapons and symbols, an extrodanory cocktail of human prehistory to history.

The area has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage site and Portugal has created the the Archaeological Park of the Coa Valley and many of the individual sites can be visited through organized tours lead by archeologist teams. Much of the Canada do Inferno.Canada do Inferno 130-meter-deep canyon is submerged by waters due to the Pocinho Dam. Another dam was stopped in a heated political fight that included the UN over the vaious sites within the area.

  1. Unesco Web Site on the Coa Valley
  2. Visitation programs to the Coa Valley Sites
  3. Wikipedia Entry on Coa Valley: Mostly on the politics of the site
  4. Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Coa Valley / Camilo Rebelo
  5. Portugese Government Page

Map of the Coa Valley Coa Rock Art

Coa Rock Art

The 2010 2.5 Europe .925 fineness Silver Portugese Coin
Weight: 12 grams
Diameter: 28mm




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