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Vivre au-delà du fleuve de l’Oubli

Portrait de la communauté villageoise du Castro de Vieito au moment de l’intégration du Nord-Ouest de la péninsule ibérique dans l’orbis Romanum (estuaire du Rio Lima, NO du Portugal)

António José Marques da Silva


Castro do Vieito is a settlement of a modest size, situated on the left bank of the Lima river estuary in the north west of Portugal. It was the target of a large scale archaeological rescue operation from 2004 to 2005, one coordinated by the present author. The enormous source of data, completely unpublished until today, that was provided by this unparalleled intervention, is explored here in such a way as to offer the reader a portrait of a village community which lived through the initial phase of theregion’s integration within the Roman empire. Castro do Vieito’s setting on a nautical stopping point, close to one of the region’s largest mineral seams, makes it possible to understand the involvement of this settlement in the supply network of the drafted military that controlled the auriferous explorations situated upstream on the river Lima. This privileged relationshA with the military occupation force means that this settlement is distinct in many aspects from the others that surrounded it and makes it important in terms of understanding the different dynamics involved in the interaction of the local populations with the Imperial Army. After a first chapter explaining the methodological problems connected with an intervention of this nature and size and spread, as well as the solutions developed to surpass the problems, the following four chapters portray different aspects of the daily life of this community.