Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Alcalar Dolmen

We were driving toward Sagres and thinking about spending a night or two there, as we had in 2010, when, west of Lagos, we saw a sign for the Alcalar Dolmen. We almost always follow such signs, even when, as in this case, we know nothing about the monument. There is much of megalithic interest in Portugal, and the sites seem much better identified and presented than on our previous visit. Alcalar turned out to be a late neolithic/chalcolithic complex, and the one tomb open for viewing was another tholos/beehive tomb, such as we saw near Antequera.

A complex of quite a few sites

All this in the little museum, with a video; larger displays in
the museum at Lagos, which administers the Alcalar sites

Out in the field now; obviously this is a classroom for
education about megalithic life (a school bus pulled up as we
were leaving)


And in English too

Neolithic classroom


As we'll see shortly, there is a central chamber
with two side chambers; not huge, but corballed,
tholos-style; I did not go was a close
fit, and bees were buzzing about inside...the nerve!
bees in a beehive tomb!

Another site

Trying my hands/shoulders at megalith building; I think I might
have been more of a supervisory type...

Well, it was a medium-lith

Explaining the limestone kiln, which I am not sure was neolithic

It was relatively huge, however

Non-neolithic hacienda nearby; we wondered how the discovery
of nearby megalithic centers affects real estate values

Looking down into the tholos can just barely make
out the corballing...

1 comment:

Tawana said...

Another interesting stop.