Dolmen La Cueva del Vaquero

The approximately 5000-year-old restored dolmen La Cueva del Vaquero is located east of Seville in Andalusia in Spain.

Dolmen La Cueva del Vaquero
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The approximately 5000-year-old restored dolmen La Cueva del Vaquero is located in Alcalá de Guadaíra on the Mesa de Gandul, east of Seville in Andalusia in Spain.

The megalithic complex from the Copper Age consists of a 10.65 m long corridor, a round 2.5 m wide and 2.35 m high main chamber, and a second short corridor that leads to a likewise round side chamber 1.4 m in diameter on the right. The long 0.9 m wide corridor is 1.1 m high at the beginning and 1.8 m at the end. The corridors and chambers are made of thin slabs of clay covered with clay, which come from the mountains of the Sierra Morena. The tholoi of the two roofs and the cover of the corridor consist of large sandstone or granite blocks. The main chamber’s dome is closed by a round limestone slab with a central hole through which daylight now penetrates. One explanation for the hole that was regularly closed in the past could be that it assumed the function of the otherwise more common soul holes. The complex was located in a large round hill that was raised again during the reconstruction.

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