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‘Spanish Stonehenge’: Outstanding drought Fascinates 5,000-year-old Dolmen P Guadalperal

Last updated on August 29, 2019

The monument vanished in 1963 beneath the water of this Valdecañas reservoir — a hydraulic construction in western Spain constructed under Franco’s regime.

Dolmen p Guadalperal is a Peninsula that extends from between 4000 to 2500 BC, although the English Stonehenge is a dolmen constructed between 3100 and 2000 BC and was not only used as a cemetery.

Bueno clarified what is recalled from those megalithic constructions are its ruins. However, to understand what the Dolmen p Guadalperal was back in its day, one must imagine it covered by a burial mound with a pit accessing the room, there one finds a set of engravings, which the historian analyzed in the 1990s.

“They’re often oriented to where the sun moves, using a funerary function,” she explained.

A landmark in Western cartography or merely a snake having a triangular mind?

He explained the curves could correspond to the meanders of the Tagus River, which moves through the region.

“It might come in handy to browse the river,” he informed Euronews. There were just some parts which were crossable and based on Castaño; the Dolmen p Guadalperal was among these.

But for Bueno, this concept is untrue due to her the traces signify a snake using a triangular mind — a repetitive element in the European megalithic art of the era.

The cultural institution Raíces p Paralêda has begun an internet petition to select the monument from this swamp before the water covers it up again.

“The stones are granite, they are very porous, and they are getting cracks,” explained Castaño.

“To erect a monument and then transfer it requires a well-documented archaeological report to be certain none of those bits will probably be broken,” said Bueno, including there has to be 3D documentation before making a move.

More underwater megalithic legacy

For the specialist, the current resurgence of this monument is a chance to discuss the megalithic tradition of Spain.

It isn’t the only monument out of this age beneath the seas of a Franquista swamp.

“We all know dolmens submerged in reservoirs in different areas of the Tagus, for example, Guadancil a couple of kilometers downstream from Guadalperal,” Enrique Cerrillo Cuenca, a researcher in the Spanish National Research Council informed Euronews.

“In the project developed several years back there, we are aware that the existence of a dolmen is a type of tip of the iceberg’ which round the massive monuments there might be less significant monuments “

Cerrillo said very little is understood concerning the Neolithic communities which inhabited this region of the Tagus, but they inhabited the very same places” along riverbanks and regions with the most significant volume of water.”

“The analysis round the region of Guadalperal could function to be aware of the circumstance of a collective burial website that formed a portion of this landscape the ancient communities seen from 6000 to 4000 years before the current.”