Outeiro de Espinha, Nr Cunha Baixa.
|| Grid Reference:
40˚ 34' 0" N, 7˚ 45' 0" W.
Anta da Cunha Baixa:
there is no evidence of this ever having had a mound over it, this structure
falls into the category of Allée
couverte. The style of construction is similar
to other Portuguese passage-mounds and Dolmens, but the fact that it
never had a mound makes it unique as a Portuguese prehistoric monument.
The chamber is composed of 9 x 3m high monoliths, with evidence of
restoration on several of the stones, noticeably in the passage where
several stones have been stapled together.
Findings date the
site at around 3,000 BC.
here for map of the site)
The masonry of this monument shows strong
similarities in style to several other Portuguese 'Anta's'. However,
while it is reasonable to say that it is of the same tradition as
other important Anta's such as
Zambujeiro, Fonte Coberta
etc, for some reason unknown, it was decided to leave this one
uncovered with soil.
Again, showing strong similarities to numerous other Portuguese
Anta's, the top half of the inside right upright appears to have
been broken off.
(List of Prehistoric Portuguese sites)