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Continuing my theme on megalithic monuments, this is another dolmen (or anta, as they are popularly known in Portugal), which is not far from the ones of my earlier posts (about 600 meters from the last dolmen and less than 1 Km from the 'antique stone winery').

The apparent smallness may be deceiving (its height above the ground is little less than 1 meter / 4 feet), as many of these monuments were originally covered by earth, sometimes completely, other times only partially. This may be the case of this one. As in many other cases, this dolmen had some practical uses in relatively recent times. This one looks like having been used to shelter livestock, probably pigs or sheep, not a very honourable purpose, at least compared with others that were turned into chapels, like some of those that you can see in this adores theme.

Perhaps it was better that I showed a closer perspective of the monument, but that wasn't easy to do, as there was that high grass, the stones encircling the area in front of the entrance and the bright white sky that was impossible to avoid in any shot of the entrance that included also the cover.

WS's: #1 - A wider POV from farther; #2 - Close-up of the entrance and the interior.

Dolmens are the oldest `monuments we can find in Western Europe. As far as I know, most or all of them were built at least 5000 years ago and they were tombs, (actually not every archaeologist is fully convinced of that). Those in better shape still preserve the cover stone that make them look a bit like huge mushrooms or tables (the word derives from the antique Breton word that means 'stone table'). I have written some more info on dolmens in the note of my first post featuring one.

You can browse all my posts of the Marvao district here.

Weblinks to info on dolmens: answers.com, Wikipedia.

Location (latitude, longitude): 39.46,-7.3155 (I am not sure about the accuracy, but my guess is that the error isn't higher than 300 meters)

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