For over a thousand years, Idanha-a-Velha was an important urban center in the Iberian Peninsula. Romans, Suebi and Visigoths, Arabs and Knights Templar left their mark on this territory. These marks are emerging again.
A “journey” connecting Lusitania, at the westernmost end of the Roman empire, to its capital, Rome – this is the central thread of the project in which the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra is involved. It is due to start this year and continue for one and a half years.
The research project "The historical village of Idanha-a-Velha: City, territory and population in ancient times (first century BC – twelfth century AD)” was one of the eight projects at national level, in the area of History and Archaeology, selected for funding by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.
Público: Idanha-a-Velha has an amazing history, more than any other place I know
January 15, 2021
The archaeologists Pedro Carvalho and Catarina Tente lead the team that is rediscovering Idanha-a-Velha, weaving (hi)stories of Romans, Visigoths, Muslims and Templars into a narrative that they believe will attract many visitors to this village. They have already discovered the south gate of the ancient Roman city, a bread oven and two skulls.
A team of researchers from the Universities of Coimbra, Vigo and Coruña published a study that establishes the date of the construction of the two baptisteries found in Idanha-a-Velha, identifying one of them as the oldest in the Iberian Peninsula.