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The Moors´s Tower

The Moors´s Tower

The Moors´ Tower is a huge archaeological site on the top of the Lira´s parish, upon more than 300 meters height above Atlantic Ocean level and with a great visual reach of Carnota´s arch and the Muros and Barbanza Mounts.

These lands were used for centuries by the locals who lived in the south of the arch and, in fact, a great part of the Moor´s tower was used as a quarry, livestock, ground for cultivation and apiary.

In fact, on the top of the hill you can see modern strong agricultural structures and small walls of stone about 0.5 m high. These structures are supported by larger structures which all together form a on fortified area of enormous dimensions.

The Moors´s Tower has great scientific interest. Amongs its location and past visits, we make up a wide research about the Iron Age and the forts of the medieval era in the west area of the A Coruña province. This analysis came to confirm the uniqueness of the Moors´s Tower as archaeological site.

  • It expands 2 acres which it is twice the average of size of the forts in this area and three times the medieval forts (except Central Pindo).
  • It does not appear to respond to a settlement pattern of a second Iron Age´s fort. The paradigmatic case is the existence of two villages of the time in the vicinity which they respond to the common norm. Both the complexity and the disposition of the walls are not common in the Galician Iron Age.
  • Nor responds to the constructive and defensive profile of the feudal castles in the area, much smaller and rocky character.
  • Its defensive character and the vast surface required an enormous constructive effort tthat does not correspond with a largeamount of residential structures inside.