Carenque Caves

Come to Amadora, book a visit through the Museu de Arqueologia da Amadora and awaken the archaeologist within.

Discover a virtually unknown national monument in Lisbon. The Carenque Caves, or Carenque Necropolis, are a set of manmade caves dug out of the rock at the end of the Neolithic age – around the third millennium BC – that were used up until the Chalcolithic period (the Copper Age). You can see several of the artefacts found beside the bodies at the National Archaeology Museum (MNA) in Lisbon. In this circular mortuary chamber, limestone idols and crescent-shaped moons, slabs of schist and even depictions of utensils, such as an adze, were found. The three collective graves excavated from the rock contained skeletons and ceramics and have maintained their characteristic architecture with a corridor and a skylight, both covered by limestone slabs. Come to Amadora, book a visit through the Museu de Arqueologia da Amadora and awaken the archaeologist within.