March Equinox at the Dolmen de Viera in Antequera

Dolmen de Viera - March Equinox

The Sur in English has a spectacular front page picture taken at sunrise from inside the Dolmen de Viera.

Nature has its own time, its own hours, and they are unique and ancient.

Writer Paul Coelho tells us that every day the sun illuminates a new world, but since the fourth or fifth millennium, at the spring equinox, the sun has illuminated the Dolmen of Viera in exactly and precisely the same way, producing a spectacular show of light and energy at this Neolithic burial ground which is part of the Dolmen Complex of Antequera, unique in the world and which is currently undergoing the process to be recognised as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Spring starts at the dolmen – M. EUGENIA MERELO

The inside of the Dolmen de Viera

Sur in English
http://www.surinenglish.com/
http://print-edition.surinenglish.com/2014
http://services.surinenglish.com/virtual/20140321/pdf/sie20140321.zip

Wikipedia states that the “precise date of its construction is uncertain” although the consensus seems to be that the “Dolmen de Viera was built in the Copper Age, over 4,000 years ago”.

The Dolmen de Viera or Dolmen de los Hermanos Viera is a dolmen – a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb – located in Antequera, province of Málaga, Andalusia, Spain.

It is located only 70 metres (230 ft) from the Dolmen de Menga and about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) of another structure known as Tholos de El Romeral.

It was discovered between 1903 and 1905 by brothers Antonio and José Viera from Antequera, who also discovered El Romeral.

Like the Dolmen de Menga, it is built with an orthostatic technique: large stones standing upright.

It consists of a long corridor formed by twenty-seven stones, leading to a rectangular chamber.

This is presumed to be a burial chamber, although only silica and bone tools and ceramics were discovered there.

The Dolmen de Viera was built in the Copper Age, over 4,000 years ago in the third millennium BC; the precise date of its construction is uncertain.

It has had the status of a Monumento nacional since 1923.

The site is owned by the Council of Culture of the Andalusian Autonomous Government, who manage it as part of the Conjunto Arqueológico Dólmenes de Antequera.

The dolmen was restored recently, and is open for visits by the public.

Coordinates: 37.024116°N 04.548374°W
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolmen_de_Viera

The photographic evidence indicates that Wikipedia is incorrect when it states “that at the summer solstices the sunlight at daybreak illuminates the burial chamber”.

The dolmen is covered by a mound or tumulus 50 metres (160 ft) in diameter.

Like most Iberian tombs, it is oriented slightly south of east (96°), situated precisely so that at the summer solstices the sunlight at daybreak illuminates the burial chamber.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolmen_de_Viera

However, I doubt that anyone is surprised that Wikipedia is not infallible.

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One Response to March Equinox at the Dolmen de Viera in Antequera

  1. Sverre Bauck says:

    Thank you for your unveiling of the secret!

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