‘Spanish Stonehenge’ solely seen 4 instances earlier than emerges from depleted dam



he Dolmen of Guadalperal, also referred to as Spain’s Stonehenge, has emerged in a drought-stricken dam the place the waterline has receded.

The circle of megalithic stones has been uncovered within the nook of the Valdecanas reservoir, within the province of Caceres, the place authorities say water ranges have dropped to twenty-eight per cent capability. The stones are believed so far again to 5000 BC.

“It’s a shock, it’s a uncommon alternative to have the ability to entry it,” mentioned archaeologist Enrique Cedillo from Madrid’s Complutense College.

It was found by German archaeologist Hugo Obermaier in 1926, however the space was flooded in 1963 in a rural improvement challenge beneath Francisco Franco’s dictatorship. Since then it has solely turn out to be totally seen 4 instances.

Dolmens are vertically organized stones normally supporting a flat boulder. Though there are a lot of scattered throughout Western Europe, little is thought about who erected them. Human stays present in or close to many have led to an often-cited principle that they’re tombs.


Native historic and tourism associations have advocated transferring the Guadalperal stones to a museum or elsewhere on dry land.

Their presence can also be excellent news for Ruben Argentas, who owns a small boat excursions enterprise.

“The dolmen emerges and the dolmen tourism begins,” he informed Reuters after a busy day spent shuttling vacationers to the location and again.

However there isn’t any silver lining for native farmers.

“There hasn’t been sufficient rain because the spring… There is no such thing as a water for the livestock and we’ve to move it in,” mentioned Jose Manuel Comendador. One other, Rufino Guinea, mentioned his candy pepper crop had been ravaged.

Local weather change has left the Iberian peninsula at its driest in 1,200 years, and winter rains are anticipated to decrease additional, a research revealed by the Nature Geoscience journal confirmed.

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