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More than 500 menhirs discovered in Spain’s Andalusia region

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The archaeological site is located on a 600 hectare land 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 a survey which revealed its importance.

It is the largest concentration with the greatest diversity of menhirs gathered on a single site in the Iberian Peninsulasays José Antonio Linares, researcher at the University of Huelva, one of the directors of the project.

It is for him toa major megalithic site in Europe.

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

The menhirs are the most numerous: 526 have been preserved in situ (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 an article published in the journal Prehistoric works.

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

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A site of great value

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 Alcala and co-director of the project.

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

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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, promised the researcher.

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