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Spanish "Stonehenge" Revealed After Decades Underwater

By Samantha Scott
September 24, 2019

Armchair archaeologists perk up your ears! Extremely low water levels in Spain have revealed a mysterious circle of stones reminiscent of Stonehenge in England.

Located in the Valdecañas Reservoir, the stones have rarely been seen in their full glory, mostly remaining underwater over the past several decades. As the water levels shifted throughout the years, the tops of the stones could be visible, but always disappearing again from the rains.

This year however, widespread drought in Europe has lowered the reservoir water levels far enough for visitors to see the stones (144 in all) in full - some of which are as tall as 6 feet!

Archaeologists estimate that the stones date back to between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago, around 2,000-3,000 BCE. Their purpose is shrouded in the same amount of mystery as Stonehenge, though most speculate that their function was religious in nature - similarly to the famous English site on Salisbury plain. Some of the stones have etchings of serpents.

There are plans to take advantage of the low water levels and relocate the stones to higher ground for preservation purposes.


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