Anta de Carcavelos
Anta de Carcavelos is a megalithic monument located in the municipality of Loures, near Lisbon, in Portugal.
Anta de Carcavelos is a megalithic monument located in the municipality of Loures, near Lisbon, in Portugal. It is a dolmen, which is a type of prehistoric tomb consisting of two or more vertical stones supporting a horizontal capstone.
The dolmen is located in a small park near the beach of Carcavelos and is one of the few megalithic monuments in the region that has been preserved. It is believed to have been built during the Neolithic period, around 5,000 years ago.
The Anta de Carcavelos consists of a rectangular chamber formed by four large upright stones, which support a large capstone. The chamber is accessed by a small passage formed by two portal stones. The dolmen is surrounded by a circular mound of earth, which was likely used to mark the site and provide support for the stones.
The purpose of the Anta de Carcavelos, like many other dolmens, is not fully understood. It is believed to have been a tomb, used for the burial of important members of the community. However, it is also possible that it was used for other purposes, such as religious or ceremonial activities.