Anta Grande do Zambujeiro, Portugal

The Anta Grande do Zambujeiro (Great Dolmen of Zambujeiro) dates from c.4000-3500 BC. It is the largest dolmen in Europe.

The dolmen is located in a peaceful setting among olive and cork trees. The main chamber - measuring 8 meters high and 6 meters in diameter - is formed by eight standing stones leaning inward. Leading to the chamber is a 12-meter-long approach corridor made of smaller standing stones.

The capstone has been removed by archaeologists and the artifacts found here (pieces of pottery, flint tools, beads and other items) are on display at the Museu de Evora.

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Getting There

The Anta Grande do Zambujeiro is not accessible by public transportation. By car from Evora, take the N380 (Alcáçovas road) 7km southwest to the town of Valverde. From there, brown archeological signposts lead north through the university's agricultural faculty grounds to the dolmen. The last kilometer is on a dirt road that is safe for cars except sometimes after heavy rains.

Quick Facts on Anta Grande do Zambujeiro

Site Information
Names:Anta Grande do Zambujeiro · Great Dolmen of Zambujeiro
Categories:megalithic monuments
Styles:Prehistoric
Dates:c. 4000-3500 BCE
Status: monument
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:38.539262° N, 8.014451° W
Address:Portugal
Lodging:View hotels near Anta Grande do Zambujeiro
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References

  1. Anta Grande do Zambujeiro - Wikipedia (accessed April 2009)
  2. Anta Grande do Zambujeiro - Rough Guide to Portugal, 12th edition
  3. Lonely Planet Portugal (2007), 230.

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