and the adjacent sea line has been, mainly in the last decade, a stage
to uncountable investigation projects in the archaeological field, works
through which the long History of this territory and of its people has
been slowly reconstituted.
provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge the portrait of a
territory which assumed a position of joint in Roman times, in the
context of commercial navigation among regions, receiving on its
anchorages and eventual harbouring structures, vessels, some of huge
tonnage (as it seems to be proved at Berlenga by the discovery of two
lead stocks of anchor with about 8’1” ft and 8’6” and 932.6 and 930.4
pounds, respectively), transporting amphorae containing products such as
wine from Andalucía, or Lusitanian canned fish.
The integration of this
territory into the wide commercial network has surely contributed to the
implementation of a factory which produced fish preparations, supported
by an early oil complex situated in Morraçal da Ajuda, producing
essentially amphorae destined to transport its canned production, fact
that perpetuates the memory of a fishing and industrial activity which
these days, even after two millennia, continues to rule the
social-economical life of people in Peniche.