Un Cromleque and los Dolmenes

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Cromleque y los Dolmenes

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Almendres Cromlech

On a cycle tour of Portugal Mick visited a huge, untidy stone circle described by the Portuguese tourist board as being “like Stone Henge only older”. The site is on top of a small hill in an area close to Evora known as the ‘megalithic universe’ due to the high concentration of menhirs and dolmen dotted all over the countryside.

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The view from Micks tent in the morning

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The sun rising over the circle

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It was such a photogenic moment

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A view of the elliptical circle

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The stone circle is more like a collection of stone circles, or circles within circles consisting of around 100 elliptical stones spread over an area around 80m x 50m. The site actually look nothing like Stonehenge, in fact there is almost no similarity as the site in Portugal has smaller rounded stones positioned in an elliptical arrangement.

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There are carvings on around a dozen of the stones with crystals that seem to be growing on the rock surface and evidence of rock manipulation with a stone that looks like it has been cut in half with some kind of tool.

The site is beautiful site, Mick camped a night next to the circle and felt a real atmosphere, particularly in the morning as the sun was rising.

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You can see the rounded stones

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a stone in the centre

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The stone that has been sliced in half

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Circular markings on one of the stones

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El Pozuelo Dolmen

On the same cycle trip Mick visited a number of dolmen in the area north of Valverde del Camino (North of Huelva) that were unlike any of the dolmen he’s previously seen. Your average dolmen has 4 or 5 orthostats (the vertical stones) supporting a capstone but these were like stone igloos.

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The corridor to the main room

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A dolmen on the top of the hill

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You can see the flint stone

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They were made from large numbers of stones

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The stones were much smaller than those found in most dolmen, made from a kind of flint and arranged as if the structures were used to live in, with a corridor leading to a kind of room. The structures were still part of a tumulus with stones jutting out of the side, almost defining the perimeter.

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The dolmen from a distance

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Flint stones jutting out away from the dolmen

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A fascinating site set in lovely scenery so well worth exploring.

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