Drought Has Revealed Spain's Long-Submerged 'Stonehenge'


135 points | by prostoalex 136 days ago


  • trhway 136 days ago

    "7,000-year-old Dolmen of Guadalperal"

    "While the Dolmen of Guadalperal has widely been compared to Stonehenge—and rightly so—the Spanish example was once an entirely enclosed space. And it could also be around 2,000 years older."

    kind of dovetails to https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/celts-des...

    " A team from Oxford University has discovered that the Celts, Britain's indigenous people, are descended from a tribe of Iberian fishermen who crossed the Bay of Biscay 6,000 years ago."

    • mikhailfranco 135 days ago

      Of course you contradict yourself, the Celts cannot be Britain's indigenous people according to the article itself.

      There were movements of people, and movements of culture, which could be separate, but Celts are late Indo-European arrivals to the British Isles, either directly from the Celtic heartland in Germany, or indirectly along the western coasts from Spain.

      The Celts just happened to be the culture in place when the first accounts were written by the Greeks and Romans. So they have self-appointed themselves to be poor down-trodden invaded brutalized indigenous people - but they were just the previous wave of ruthless invaders!

      There were people in the British Isles 10s and 100s of thousands of years ago. Britain was wiped clean by ice ages and repopulated. Britain was connected to Europe by a land bridge, etc. etc. All this long before the Celts turned up.


      There is no Celtic presence in Britain before about 500 BC. Stonehenge and Guadalperal are much, much too old to have been built by the Celts. Celtic druids did not build Stonehenge.


    • dr_dshiv 136 days ago

      I wish more people saw how fragile our grasp on the past is -- and how much we still don't understand about our emergence at a basic, basic level...

      • ianai 136 days ago

        I wish society as a whole had a better memory. Even events from 4 years ago are lost easily from the collective mindset.

        • oh_sigh 135 days ago

          Can you give an example of an important event in 2015 that has been lost in the collective consciousness?

          • Cthulhu_ 135 days ago

            Disclaimer: I cheated by googling, but that's the point - I forgot about these events because they were no longer in the collective consciousness.

            Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris - dunno what happened with this. Overshadowed by: Paris terrorist attack on stadium and club - 130 people died Charleston Church shooting - Replaced by more shootings that happened afterwards (in that year alone: Roseburg, Lafayette, Chattanooga, Planned Parenthood, San Bernardino). Thoughts, prayers, and calls for gun control even if neither of those fix the underlying issues. European Refugee crisis - Agreements with Turkey and Libya have turned this 'crisis' around, but, more boats are arriving in Greece lately.

            Just a few examples I blatantly copied off of a website. Nobody talks about these things anymore because Trump used a sharpie.

            • ianai 135 days ago

              US presidential history is seemingly rich of examples. Not holding myself to the 4 year framing:

              All the accusations Bush 43 made against the democrats for being Russian-leaning communists contradicts today’s politics badly.

              The stimulus checks to stabilize the economy during descent into the Great Recession.

              The interruption of Pres Obamas first state of the union. Just how abnormal that was seems to have simultaneously led to today’s lack of governmental progress and yet been not just forgiven but embraced and promulgated.

              • WaltPurvis 135 days ago

                > All the accusations Bush 43 made against the democrats for being Russian-leaning communists

                I don't recall Bush 43 accusing Democrats of being "Russian-leaning communists" even one single time, let alone so often you could talk about "all" the times he did it. I loathed nearly everything about Bush 43 and his administration, but can you cite an example or two (more would be better) where this actually happened?

                I don't know if it's my memory that's faulty or yours, but you're the one lamenting our poor memory of recent events and I don't believe these particular recent events even happened.

                • ianai 135 days ago

                  I think it was during press briefings. Particularly when he would discuss the previous administration or working “across the isle.”

                  • derp_dee_derp 135 days ago

                    how about linking to a cspan recording, or an archived news article, or perhaps even the presidential archives and actually providing evidence instead of just more anecdotes that you "think" happened.

                    • strgcmc 135 days ago

                      Here is an NPR article [1] summarizing US-Russia relations during the GWB era, and describing GWB's attacks during his first campaign, on Bill Clinton for being too chummy with Russia... I think it would be fair to say this represented a general feeling on the right (around the early 2000s), that Democrats under Clinton had been too friendly with Russia (since GWB was able to make this into a campaign issue):

                      > At the time, George W. Bush was campaigning for the presidency, lambasting President Clinton's chummy relationship with Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Bush promised to end personal favoritism and protect American national security. Taking office the following year, he began by expelling 50 Russian diplomats from Washington for alleged spying. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld snubbed the Russian defense minister soon after by refusing to meet him on the sidelines of a NATO conference.

                      [1] https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114736...

                    • WaltPurvis 135 days ago

                      With all due respect, that just sounds like more fuzzy memories of things that may or may not have actually happened (which I believe did not). What I remember about Bush 43 was him hosting Putin at his ranch in Texas in the first year of his administration, talking about how he'd looked into Putin's soul, hosting Putin at least once more at his family compound in Maine, and generally not acting like someone who would ever lambaste his opponents for having too favorable an opinion of Russia.

                      At any rate, I'm not trying to lambaste you, but it does seem ironic that you're criticizing people in general for having poor memories about the recent past when your own memories seem fairly hazy and inaccurate.

        • newsreview1 135 days ago

          Obermier, who discovered and preserved this site did fantastic work at the the cave of Altamira in the 1920's. He deserves more credit. His work at the Dolmen of Guadalperal wasn't even known about until 40 years later.

          • kuu 135 days ago

            We (Spain) have a similar story but with a more recent church:


          • dalbasal 135 days ago


            I have to say, I am totally with the zeitgeist in terms of recent interest in the early neolithic and late paleolithic. These are fascinating to me. It's particularly fascinating how widespread (both time and place) the motifs are, structural and functional/symbolic. Celestial-solar calendars. There are similarities to British henges and Irish granges. I'm sure there are (the

            BTB...Are they really going to re-submerge this site (or move it)?!! It seems insane.

            • arethuza 135 days ago

              I think the similarly to henges might be a coincidence as the rings of stones in this case were the inner and outer walls of a construction that was originally covered with a mound of soil (so more like chambered tombs like Maes Howe).

              • hutzlibu 135 days ago

                I didn't know the interest in neolithic is also a Zeitgeist phenomen. I mean, I am interested and my circle of people, but is it really more widespread?

                • dalbasal 133 days ago

                  ..maybe not lady gaga level zeitgeist.. nonfiction book sales and such.

                  • hutzlibu 133 days ago

                    Do you maybe have some recommendations about good books on the topic?

                    (english or german)

              • seax 135 days ago

                It's really a shame that we are destroying or have destroyed so many sites like these for (relatively) short sighted dam building.

                • JoeAltmaier 135 days ago

                  Pretty much any place you build in Europe, you would have to disturb a historical site. We can abandon the earth to its past, or move on. As population grows, we don't have much choice?

                • DoctorOetker 136 days ago

                  they look like the proposals for ominous landmarks of radioactive waste burial sites, which makes zero sense of course!

                  • Cthulhu_ 135 days ago

                    Yeah I've seen numerous links to that pointed to from HN over time. The problem with all of those proposals is that to an ignorant archeologist from, say, a hundred years ago, any visible sign, warning or construction will only pique the curiosity. I mean Tutankhamun's tomb had plenty of warnings inscribed on it, but they were dismissed as silly curses and there's no such thing as curses. The same will happen with nuclear storage sites that are 'protected' like that.

                    Better to put it away very deep, where erosion and tectonic shifts won't expose it for a million years and just forget about it. I read something about putting it in deep boreholes the other day.

                    • JoeAltmaier 135 days ago

                      There was a discussion of how to permanently (100.000 years or more) mark a dangerous site. Creative solutions abounded. I like the one where it kills you quickly, so it stays obvious that the site is dangerous. Better than killing thousands slowly over many years!

                  • erjavicdb 135 days ago