Location. A Acea, Outeiro do Castro. Parish of St. Estevo de Ambía
Monument type. “Castro” (fortified settlement). Interest: historical; landscape; ethnographical.
Dated. Undetermined. Iron Age: 1,000 to 500 BC.
Description. This site features an elliptically shaped castro (fortified settlement, usually pre-Roman) some 190 by 150 metres, situated on a hill with an altitude of 561 meters above the river Arnoia. Ceramic pieces of dark colour have been found on the surface. Its topmost level has been flattened out, and presents three different height levels, usually corresponding to different types of human activity and also to defensive necessities. The upper level is defended by a stone wall with a slight maximum height of five meters and surrounded by an embankment. At the south side only a landfill and a ditch can be observed.
The paths entering the structure have walls of carefully worked stones, unfit for more distant areas of the villages, so we assume they are reused stones from the “castro”.
In the area are several petroglyphs formed in the shape of bowls, which also have practically in the centre brand mark consisting of a triangle with a small sink inside.
As a curiosity, it is a sign indicating the border between the towns of Baños de Molgas and Xunqueira de Ambía.
Cataloging. Inventory of Heritage Assets of the Government of Galicia.