What is the mysterious Spanish Stonehenge?

The stones are sparsely decorated with animal and human carvings.  Serpents are also a main theme.

In the province of Caceres, Spain is the Valdecanas Reservoir, formed by damming the Tagus River in 1963.  For decades, area observers were perplexed to see the tips of stones poking through the surface of the smooth water.  They were not always visible, in fact, usually submerged. 

They rose and fell in rhythmic cycles, seeming to depend on rainfall totals for their appearance.  They also seemed to form an oval or circular pattern.  What the heck was it?

Recently there have been terrible droughts in Spain and other parts of Europe.  Water has been dropping.  Now, at last, the structures in the reservoir are completely visible again.  An overhead shot reveals a circle of stones inside a doughnut type circle of raised earth and piled stones. 

There is an opening in the side of the doughnut that forms a tunnel of raised earth and piled stones.  The last time they were revealed was over fifty years ago.  Archaeologists have been swooping and darting in to study, with intensity.  

The stones belong to a man-made structure.  The granite was hauled in to construct it, between four and seven thousand years ago.  The creation is older than the Great Pyramids. 

The megalithic structure is known as The Dolmen de Guadalperal.  It is very similar to the structure on the Salisbury Plain of England, Stonehenge.  The Dolmen de Guadaperal was built during the Copper or Bronze age by local artisans, and was made of over 150 stones. 

The vertical pillars were topped with horizontal lentils, like Stonehenge, but those have since been dislocated by the ravages of time and nature.  The place was exposed for a time, early in the 20th Century.  The first man to attempt to study The Spanish Stonehenge was anthropologist, Hugo Obermaier.   It was he that first determined the existence of the horizontal slabs.

The stones are sparsely decorated with animal and human carvings.  Serpents are also a main theme.  This indicates that the structure was a sacred place to the creators.  When it was accessible, the area was looted of important artifacts that would lend more knowledge to its purpose. 

Meandering ancient Romans were some of the main looters.  Its purpose was sacred rather than astrological or astronomical.  Not only was it a sacred place, it was a gathering hub for people.

The debate continues among scientist. Should they to it and exactly recreate it elsewhere, or to let it get covered by the water, once again?

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of The Scavenger’s Song. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

 

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