Amazing discovery in the west of Spain. After a very long period of drought on the territory of the municipality of Peraleda de la Mata (Estremadure), the dolmen of Guadalperal emerged from the earth. It is a set of 140 menhirs often called the “Stonehenge Spanish”, in reference to the famous megalithic monument, located 150 kilometres to the west of London.
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Built between -3000 and -2000 before J. C, the dolmen of Guadalperal was submerged during the creation of lake Valdecañas in 1963. Angel Castaño, the inhabitants of a nearby village and president of the cultural association Roots of Peradela, request that the standing stones were moved and put in security to avoid a surge of water submerges again. “It is a dolmen megalithic of great value that is available for the first time and maybe the last… Our association wants to alert the relevant authorities to ensure that, taking advantage of the opportunity, they save water, because the stones are still well preserved but already show signs of obvious deterioration. It may be that the next time the conditions are ripe for a rescue, it is already too late,” says Angel Castaño from the string ABC .
“The stone is still in good condition, but the granite is more porous, there are cracks… The most important thing is that there was a menhir carved with a snake, and it looks very eroded”, he added. The monument is formed of an oval room of five meters of diameter and a lobby access to twenty-one metres long, according to the media Spanish. The famous menhir carved would be at the end of this hallway.
the government of The region of Estremadure has already made contact with the association to act. Discovered in 1925 by the priest, the German Hugo Obermaier, who led the excavations until in 1927 and recovered the items for the exhibit in a museum of Munich, the dolmen of Guadalperal is now the subject of a visit of the inhabitants of the region.
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