May 11, 2021

Extreme Dry Weather Reveals the Spanish Stonehenge That Have Been Built in the Second or Third Millenium BCE

All over Europe, there have been found artifacts dating back from the prehistoric times. These are the things that we rely on to learn about what our ancestors were like and lived like. A lot of these discoveries are very mysterious that no technology nowadays can give them an explanation. One recent discovery that fits the group of strange large stones from the past is the monument which can be referred to as the “Spanish Stonehenge”. We all have heard of the Stonehenge in England, but it seem like Spain has also made the list for megaliths.

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The exposure of these stones happened as a result of an usual dry summer of 2019, which caused the waters of the Valdecañas Reservoir to recede.  NASA satellites captured images of the exposed stones known as the Dolmen of Guadalperal, which experts suspect may have been built sometime in the second or third millennium BCE.

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The stones are arranged in a circular structure. To explain better the term dolmen, that is a word used to explain an ancient structure where standing stones support a large capstone to create a chamber—a structure often used for early Neolithic tombs. The Dolmen of Guadalperal likely once had a mounded top, and the chamber inside may have functioned as a tomb, a religious site, or a trading post along the Tagus River in southeastern Spain.

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The stones were not visible until this recent dry weather which recored extremely low water levels. Some local residents have been advocating moving the stones to recreate the monument in safer territory. This step, they argue, would preserve the monument, promote tourism, and proudly display Spain’s prehistoric history.

     NASA Earth Observatory