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At the Iberian Finisterre, on the banks of the mythical Lethes or Limia and not far from the Ocean Sea in which each sunset submerges the sun to light the night of the realm of Hades, settled in the antiquity the village of the Quarquernos, residents of the current regions of Bande and Entrimo, in the province of Ourense. Ethnicity of prehistoric roots very dilated in time would definitively be integrated in the Roman domains after the warring process of the Cantabrian Wars ( 25 to 19 bC), fixing its capital, caput civitatis, in the Castro of Rubiás, close to Bande, as it can be gathered from some hints of archaeological and epigraphic order which appeared in that place.
On the other hand, it is probable that, already in a previous date (138-137 BC), these lands had been visited by Decimus Junius Brutus, called the Galaicus, the one who would have carried out the famous crossing of the Olvido river, in the proximity of the current Roman camp at Porto Quintela currently under archaeological digging process, as he followed the most advisable way on account of both the strategy of the invasion chosen, heading onwards from south to north along the Atlantic Ocean strip of the peninsula, and the topographical and orographical conditions of the region.
What does now actually matter, though, is that it shall be at this point of the Limia valley that two centuries later the most influential Romanizing epicenter along the river of the same name would be established. This is precisely the reason why we shall try to preferentially refer to this place in the pages that follow, given that since 1975 important archaeological discoveries, relevant historic research and museum activities are being carried out, putting forward the value of the rests that have been dug out as well as looking after the the natural surroundings in which they are integrated.
Let us just add that our place is inserted in the same heart of the incomparable touristic route that, parting from Ourense`s city, goes through the monumental Celanova, famous for its monastery, Bande and heading on then past the renown basilica of Santa Comba up to the spas of Caldo river and the heavenly natural Luso-Hispanic park of Xurés-Gerez.
It is at Porto Quintela, distant a mere kilometer from Santa Comba, on the left side of the road from Ourense to Ponte da Barca that the visitor will see a sign referring to our compound.