Iberian Settlement of La Palomera (3rd century BC)
Situated in the Finestres mountains 760m above sea level, on the edge of the boundaries of Sant Aniol de Finestres, the Iberian settlement of La Palomera is a particular type of 'barrier' settlement, typical in the Iberian world, due to its clear defensive aims. It has natural defences from the cliffs to the north and east, which made it difficult to reach at the time.
The archaeologist Francesc Riuró, from Girona, discovered it in 1965. The structure currently visible uses dry-stone techniques and has a rectangular floorplan. It is made up of an outside wall and a type of tower of the inside. Ceramics made by hand or on a wheel have been found there, as well as numerous remains of ceramics from Empúries, fragments of Iberian and Greco-Latin jugs, and even one fragment that is Carthaginian in origin. In 2007 the watchtower and the remains of the settlement underwent restoration. Close by there is the sculpture 'La Dama de la Garrotxa' (The Lady of the Garrotxa', by Picolivas, in homage to the eminent archaeologist from Girona, Miquel Oliva i Prat.
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