'Spanish Stonehenge' revealed after brutal drought dries out a reservoir

Mail Online | 8/23/2019 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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A 5,000-year-old monument has reappeared in Spain after being submerged at the bottom of a reservoir for 50 years.

The megalithic site features 144 granite blocks which stand more than six-foot tall and has been dubbed 'Spanish Stonehenge'.

Similarity - UNESCO - World - Heritage - Site

Its similarity to the UNESCO World heritage site in Wiltshire is striking, but the Iberian version is far smaller.

It was thought to be condemned to the history books in the 1960s when a Spanish general ordered the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Peraleda de la Mata, near Cáceres in Extremadura.

Drought - Structure - Emerge - Drops - Water

However, a severe and prolonged drought has seen the structure emerge as the the last drops of water vanished from the barren basin.

Western Spain is being ravaged by a year-long drought and the Bronze Age structure, thought to be an ancient temple, can now be seen.

Hugo - Obermaier - Priest - Archaeologist - Site

Hugo Obermaier, a German priest and amateur archaeologist, first found the site in 1925.

Due to the unfortunate decision-making of General Franco who opted to consign the site to obscurity when he commissioned a valley bordering the Tagus river to be flooded.

Rediscovery - Demise - Stones - Chamber - Sun

But before its rediscovery and subsequent demise, it is thought the stones would have centred around a central chamber for sun worship.

The constructors and inhabitants of the region is not known for sure, but historians postulate it likely would have been the Celts, who resided in the Iberian peninsula 4,000 years ago.

Stone - Stone - Arrangement - Part - Ritual

Some of the stone shave a peculiar stone arrangement around them, which may have been part of an ancient burial ritual.

'The stones have been brought from about five kilometres away to form this temple, which we think was used to worship the sun,' Ángel Castaño, president of the Peraleda Cultural Association, told the Times.

'In - Way - Similarities - Stonehenge

'In that way it has similarities to Stonehenge, but is obviously smaller.

'People here had heard about them but...
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