Geo-archaeological studies carried out along Rua da Barroca in Lagos prove that the Phoenicians lived in the city as early as the seventh century B.C.
The studies consisted of 28 perforations to a maximum depth of nine metres along 282 metres of the road and cost around 12,000 euros, which was paid for by EL, SA, the company responsible for the construction of the new car parks in Lagos.
The results released on July 24 show, through various artefacts, that the occupation of the Phoenician people in the city, originally from the eastern Mediterranean countries such as modern day Lebanon, is as old as the first temple in Carthage, built more than 2,800 years ago.
According to Dr Oswaldo Arteaga Matute, professor in the pre-history and archaeology department at Seville University, this pioneering survey technique used for the first time in Portugal allows underground sediments to be studied without the need for conventional excavations.
Lagos Câmara President said: “We know that Lagos was occupied by the Greeks and Romans but to know now that it was occupied by the Phoenicians as early as the seventh and eighth centuries B.C. is very important for the history of the city.”