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Menga

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 6 August 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This is the oldest of three megalithic dolmens built at Antequera between 5,000 and 2,500 BC. It is a massive architectural work of art with a chamber 27.5 metres long and a height of 2.7 to 3.5 metres, constructed of huge slabs and pillars of stone, quarried from solid rock using boiling water and tools made from antlers. A staggering achievement. The entrance corridor is aligned with the Giant's Head.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

That really is a truly amazing achievement.It must have taken generation after generation

6 Aug 2011 5:40am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb point of view in each shot - we can only marvel at the mysterious history of these massive works of stone.

6 Aug 2011 7:57am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Quite amazing, shows what can be done when a few hundred souls put their combined talents together!

6 Aug 2011 9:07am

Archie Medes from United Kingdom

Recent archaeology suggests that UK hill forts, henges and dolmens were built over a much shorter time scale that previously thought. Just give me a fulcrum and I reckon Greg and I could do it in about ten years.

6 Aug 2011 9:21am

@Archie Medes: I think it might take you that to cut the first stone using an antler :)

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

This is a beautiful place with amazing stone works..fantastic capture and great series!!

6 Aug 2011 10:28am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, I'm always so amazed at just what humans are capable of achieving even that long ago without all of the modern conveniences. Wonderful pair of shots!

6 Aug 2011 12:35pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb place and great framing of the dolmens.

6 Aug 2011 3:29pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Impressive dolmen. I do not know ... a shame ... I have to go to this place to see ... A hug, Adelal

6 Aug 2011 8:11pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Anyone would recognize this as an early pinhole camera...someone just lost the lens cap. best…jf

6 Aug 2011 9:22pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, that is fascinating. I'm just writing something that drops into a 5000 BC realm. Great for me to see!

7 Aug 2011 4:53am

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Can't even comprehend digging 27.5 mtrs into solid rock with an antler. And boiling water...? how much would they have needed, and how much wood did it take to make the fires? certainly a lot more than was locally available. There is more to this tale than meets the eye.

8 Aug 2011 2:48am