More than 500 menhirs discovered in Spain's Andalusia region

More than 500 menhirs discovered in the Spanish region of Andalusia

Europe already has a few megalithic sites, like here in Carnac, France.

A megalithic ensemble of over 500 standing stones dating back thousands of years has been unearthed in southern Spain, which could make it one of the most important sites in Spain. ;Europe, the archaeologists behind the discovery told AFP on Thursday.

The archaeological site lies on a 600-hectare plot between Ayamonte and Villablanca, in the province of Huevla (southwest), near the Guadiana river. It was intended for the production of avocados, but its archaeological potential led to prospecting which revealed its importance.

It is the most important concentration with the greatest diversity of menhirs united in a single site in the Iberian Peninsula, indicates José Antonio Linares, researcher at the University of Huelva, one of the directors of the project.

For him it is a great megalithic site in Europe.

It is It is likely that the first vertical stones in this area of ​​La Torre-La Janera were erected during the second half of the 6th and/or 5th centuries BC.

The menhirs are the most numerous: 526 have been preserved in situ (at the place where they were) or buried and their size varies from one to three meters in length, with different shapes, explain those responsible for the work in a article published in the journal Oeuvres de préhistoire.

The site of Carnac, in the north-west of France, one of the most important in the world, has 3000 menhirs.

The fact that the La Torre-La Janera estate concentrates megalithic elements of great diversity and in a good state of conservation gives it great value, judges Primitiva Bueno, professor of prehistory at the Spanish University of x27;Alcala and co-director of the project.

That there are alignments and cromlechs on one and the same site is not so common. Here, there is everything: alignments, cromlechs and dolmens, and it attracts attention, she analyzes, noting their excellent conservation.

A cromlech is a monument consisting of a series of stones or menhirs that surround a small oval or circular space, a dolmen is a large horizontal stone that rests on large vertical stones and a menhir is a long stone installed vertically. /p>

The work to unearth these monuments was initially planned until 2026, but in the meantime, there will be part of the places that can be visited, the researcher promised.< /p>

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