Astures

Astures

About Astures

The Astures (or Asturs) were the Hispano-Celtic Gallaecian inhabitants of the northwest area of Hispania that now comprises almost the entire modern autonomous community of Asturias and the modern provinces Leon, and northern Zamora (all in Spain), and east of Tras os Montes in Portugal. They were a horse-riding highland cattle-raising people who lived in circular huts of stone drywall construction. The Albiones were a major tribe of the Astures from western Asturias. Isidore of Seville, gave an etymology as coming from a river Asturia, identified by David Magie with the orbigo in the plain of Leon, by others the modern Esla. The Asturian homeland encompassed the modern autonomous community of Asturias and the Leon, western Lugo, Orense, and northern Zamora provinces, along with the northeastern tip of the Portuguese region of Tras-os-Montes.

Contributions by Jopsach, Jembana, and Ravenloft.