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Cueva de la Menga

Chambered Tomb

<b>Cueva de la Menga</b>Posted by bauheedImage © K Dingwall 2007
Also known as:
  • Dolmen de Menga

Latitude:37° 1' 26.64" N
Longitude:   4° 32' 54.11" W

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Cueva de la Menga and Cueva de la Viera are located next to each other on the left hand side of the road as you leave the Northern end of Antequera. There's a big green sign on the road next to them.

There is a portacabin next to the sites which was manned when I was there. The person provided a leaflet with a map showing how to get to La Cueva de Romeral, which was helpful, as it is not quite so easy to find. They were also giving away some nice free posters when I was there.

Cueva de la Menga is impressive, and has obviously been located with the Los Enamorados hill face in full view of the entrance. Three massive stone menhirs support the roof, of which the centre one features a square cavity.
Posted by bauheed
13th November 2007ce
Edited 13th November 2007ce

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A significant Bronze Age settlement has been recently discovered a few kilometers north of Cueva de la Menga at the Los Silillos site. It is thought that some of the tools found at Los Silillos may have been employed in constructing dolmen burial mounds at Cueva de la Menga.....Read more about how both sites fit into the regional prehistory. C Michael Hogan Posted by C Michael Hogan
19th December 2007ce

From 'The Dublin University Magazine' v.43 1854 Jan-Jun.
After all our enquiries we were on our way to the 'Cueva del Mengal,' the name by which it is known among the people.

.. the fact that no mention of it has hitherto been made in any English work - at least as far as I am aware - induces me to give here a detailed description of its size and proportions, and which I am enabled to do from accurate measurements made on the spot by one of the gentlemen of our party..
I will let you read the extensive description yourself at:
http://www.google.co.uk/books?id=_lSWcbO5nMcC&pg=PA41
I thought this was interesting, though:
In length, the cave measures seventy-one feet, and lies due east and west; the entrance faces eastward, and looks towards the two similar [conical] hills; and beyond them again, at almost the distance of a league, rises abruptly from the plain the Pena de los Enamorados, which, from here, presents its most picturesque appearance.
This also caught my eye (it's rather reminiscent of the current Turbine Hall exhibition at the Tate). Lady Louisa wasn't amused:
Signor Mitjana [in 1841], in searching for bones, weapons, or other remains, and perhaps, for other chambers deeper in the hill, caused a shaft to be sunk in the interior, between the third pillar and the extremity, but discovered nothing; and to give light to his workmen, broke out at the end a large hole, four or five feet square, which considerably impairs the effect and uniformity of the place. Fortunately, however, it does admit the light, or else a visit to the cave might be attended with dangerous results; for as the shaft is still open, five feet wide, and forty-three feet deep, and the earth loose and sloping at the mouth, an unwary visitor could hardly escape being precipitated into it.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
6th December 2007ce