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All roads lead to Rome

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Hidden : 12/19/2006
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Geocache Description:

Conquered by the Roman troops in the end of the first century B.C., the the current territory of Trás-os-Montes region will have been the target of a strong reclassification process where the previous fortified towns would been romanized or abandoned, self-sufficiency yielded to a market economy based on the use of currency, in the intensification of farming and exploration of the mining wealth creating a , new social, religious and political order which will not have gone unoticed.

An intense road network was created in this region that created a main thoroughfare that connected Bracara Augusta (Braga), Asturica Augusta (Astorga) to Aquae Flaviae (Chaves), orientated in a general East-West direction totaling 396 km.

Its tracing covers the Portuguese councils of Braga, Póvoa de Lanhoso, Vieira do Minho, Montalegre, Boticas, Chaves, Valpaços, Mirandela, Macedo de Cavaleiros, Vinhais and Bragança, entering in Spanish territory near Zamora (Villardeciervos, Santibánez, Rosinos de Vidriales and Camarza de Tera) until Astorga, passing still in the leonese community of Castrocalbón.

This roadway was integrated within a vast communication network , served by intermediate support stations to travellers - mansiones, mutationes, stationes - that would allow to connect any point of the Empire to the Roman capital, giving rise to the popular saying: All roads lead to Rome.

Conquistado pelas tropas romanas nos finais do séc. I a.C., o território da actual região transmontana terá sido alvo de um processo de reordenamento em que os anteriores povoados fortificados foram romanizados ou abandonados, a auto-suficiência deu lugar a uma economia de mercado baseada no uso da moeda, na intensificação agro-pecuária e exploração da riqueza mineira, ao qual não terá sido alheia uma nova ordem social, política e religiosa.

Foi criada uma intensa rede viária, cujo eixo principal, nesta região, era a via que ligava Bracara Augusta (Braga) a Asturica Augusta (Astorga) por Aquae Flaviae (Chaves), tomando o sentido geral este-oeste, num total de 396 kilometros, ao lon­go da qual existiram dezenas de miliários. O seu traçado percorre os actuais conce­lhos portugueses de Braga, Póvoa de Lanhoso, Vieira do Minho, Montalegre, Boticas, Chaves, Valpaços, Mirandela, Macedo de Cavaleiros, Vinhais e Bragança, entrando em território espanhol por terras de Zamora (Villardeciervos, Santibánez, Rosinos de Vidriales e Camarza de Tera) até Astorga, passando ainda pela comunidade leonesa de Castrocalbón.

Esta via integrava uma vasta rede de co­municações, servida por estações interme­ diárias de apoio aos viajantes – mansiones, mutationes, stationes – que permitiria ligar qualquer ponto do Império à capital romana, justificando-se assim o ditado popular: "Todos os caminhos vão dar a Roma".

The cache:

The coordinates of this cache will take you to a spot on the left margin of the Alimonde River between Alimonde and Carrazedo. The access to the cache must be made on foot although, you can drive down to the river in a 4x4 (I strongly suggest you leave your 2x4 near the tarred road, especially in winter). Near the cache site, you will be able to view the stream, two old stone houses, one of which is a mill. You will be able to see the way the river has been diverted to drive the mill wheels.

The cache itself is located above the Roman roadway and affords ample view of it. I don't know if you will be able to retrieve the cache if it snows so be aware of the weather. Enjoy it!

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