Spain - ICOMOS 2015 expert mission in the framework of the World Heritage nominations for the year 2016 - Antequera Dolmens Site: La Viera
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Detailed example of masonry work at a tomb passage La Viera, one of the dolmens in the Antequera site.
Description: Located at the heart of Andalusia in southern Spain, the site comprises three megalithic monuments: the Menga and Viera dolmens and theTholosof El Romeral, and two natural monuments: La Peña de los Enamorados and El Torcal mountainous formations, which are landmarks within the property. Built during the Neolithic and Bronze Age out of large stone blocks, these monuments form chambers with lintelled roofs or false cupolas. These three tombs, buried beneath their original earth tumuli, are one of the most remarkable architectural works of European prehistory and one of the most important examples of European Megalithism.*
*Information is provided by UNESCO World Heritage website, found here: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1501/