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Vast megalithic complex discovered in Spain

By T.K. Randall
August 19, 2022 · Comment icon 11 comments



Image Credit: Jose Antonio Linares-Catela et al., Trabajos de Prehistoria, 2022
Archaeologists have announced the discovery of more than 500 standing stones in Huelva, Spain.
The fascinating find, which is thought to be one of the largest megalithic complexes in Europe, spans an area of some 1,500 acres that had previously been earmarked for an avocado plantation.

If a survey hadn't been conducted in advance, the stones might never have been discovered.

Several different types of megalithic stones were identified, including standing stones, dolmens, stone enclosures, mounds and cists.

The standing stones, however, were by far the most numerous with 526 being counted overall.
"This is the biggest and most diverse collection of standing stones grouped together in the Iberian peninsula," said project director Jose Antonio Linares of Huelva University.

The stones were all in a remarkable state of preservation for their age, the researchers noted.

"Finding alignments and dolmens on one site is not very common," said project co-director Primitiva Bueno. "Here you find everything all together - alignments, cromlechs and dolmens."

"That is very striking."



Source: The Guardian | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Abramelin 1 month ago
Some extra info: https://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/nation-world/national/article264650364.html
Comment icon #3 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 month ago
Great find, but how is it possible no one saw/discovered it earlier? It's a huge.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Abramelin 1 month ago
It was discovered in 1926, as a link in the link I posted says: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/spanish-stonehenge-emerges-drought-hit-dam-2022-08-18/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=twitter And it's actually not that big.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 1 month ago
Looks like two different sites are being discussed here. One is land being earmarked for a Avocado plantation and the other is the one exposed by a drought.
Comment icon #6 Posted by rashore 1 month ago
You are correct. The site in the OP is in Huelva, and the information given after that is from Valdecañas, a site in a different part of the country. Valdecañas is being discussed in this thread:  For more information on the site from the OP, Huelva, here's another article on it:  https://www.thelocal.es/20220819/huge-megalithic-complex-of-500-standing-stones-found-in-spain/
Comment icon #7 Posted by Abramelin 1 month ago
And I haven't even started drinking beer! I am waiting for a mechanic to show up. Must have confused a couple of Spanish sites. Sorry.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 1 month ago
@Abramelin - good job. the links were terrific
Comment icon #9 Posted by Abramelin 1 month ago
And I hope you understood the links were about some other megalithic structure than in the opening post.
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin 1 month ago
Man, that's a Huelva find...
Comment icon #11 Posted by Piney 1 month ago
The story of my life. 


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