Friday, April 17, 2009

5000 B.C.

Megalithic tombs are common in Portugal, specially in the South, where these photos were taken. This particular kind of tomb is called a dolmen, where several upright stones form a chamber that is topped with a larger horizontal slab. After being finished, these structures were covered with earth, forming small rounded hills, some of which still exist.

Pentax K10D + Zeiss Planar 50/1.4

Some of these tombs go back as far as 5000 B.C. Each stone weighs several tons. The effort that those prehistoric people had to perform to build these structures is certainly impressive. But even more impressive is that the sole purpose of all this was to honour their dead.

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