Neolithic Architecture Masterpiece: Dolmen of Menga, Antequera, Spain

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Found mostly in Britain and France. Dolmens are megalithic tombs with a large flat stone laid on upright ones. Its word origin is mid 19th century. From French, or perhaps via Breton, from Cornish. Dolmen is a ‘hole of a stone’. Yet, this form of Neolithic Architecture is in modern Spain.
In the south, a long barrow form of dolmen, called a tumulus, and forms the Dolmen of Menga. It is 90 ft long, 20 ft wide and 11 ft high, and was built with thirty-two megaliths. The largest weighing about 180 tonnes. The chamber, probably served as a grave for ruling families. When it was opened in the 1800s, hundreds of skeletons were found inside. It is one of the largest known ancient megalithic structures in Europe. Dating from the 3750-3650 BCE Unesco has made it a world heritage site. It is near Antequera, Málaga, Spain. What a beautiful masterpiece.

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What is Neolithic; and Neolithic Architecture

It is believed ‘neolithic’, (based on Greek νέος néos ‘new’ and λίθος líthos ‘stone’, literally ‘New Stone Age’), started around 10,200 BC in the Middle East, arising from the Natufian culture, when pioneering the use of wild cereals evolved into early farming.
Natural disaster, and catastrophe, including climatic changes, associated with the Younger Dryas, (about 10,000 BC), are thought to have forced people to develop farming and the ‘neolithic lifestyle.”

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Neolithic tar sands, in Los Angeles: La Brea

La Brea Tar Pits is an active paleontological research site in urban Los Angeles. Natural asphalt (asphaltum, bitumen, pitch, or tar) was found near Hancock Park. Dating from at least 3500 BC, the tar preserved the bones of trapped Neolithic animals.

Bitumen lines, from the crude oil, seep up along the 6th Street Fault from the Salt Lake Oil Field, which underlies much of the Fairfax District north of Hancock Park. Oil reaches the ground and forms pools, near modern day downtown Los Angelas, becoming asphalt as the the petroleum biodegrade or evaporate. It usually hardens into stubby mounds. The pools and mounds can be seen at the Museum. Below is a picture.

History

Aboriginal ‘Chumash and Tongva’ lived in La Brea building boats and neolithicly through time. Pulling fallen large tree trunks and pieces of wood from the ocean, they learned to seal the checks between the boards and wood by using the stagnant liquid. An expedition, led by Gaspar de Portolá, led the first documented visit to the tar sands by Spanish in 1769.

By the 1880’s, land was purchased by a Countess of Dundonald. A formal excavation began by Messrs Turnbull, Stewart & Co in 1886.

In 1901 a oil geologist was finally credited with recognizing that fossilized prehistoric animal bones were preserved in pools. John C. Merriam, and the university of California begain a major portion of the early anthropological work. In search of large skeletons, between 1913 and 1915, explorers excavated more than 100 sites finding thousands of specimens. These excavations though, while being examined, have gradually been filled, by an accumulation of asphaltum, dust, leaves, and water.

Only one human has been found, a partial skeleton of the La Brea Woman dated to around 10,000 years. She is estimated to have been 17 to 25 years old, and found associated with remains of a domestic dog.

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What is Neolithic Architecture?

Neolithic Architecture began with the advent great building: mud brick houses (and, eventually timber); art of wild animals and humans; agriculture; and, in transformation from the Epipaleolithic period. It refers to structures encompassing housing and shelter from approximately 10,000 to 2,000 BC, or the Neolithic period. Because of agriculture, structure design; and,, probably recovery from a giant natural disaster post paleothic period, life expectancy really started to take off. Archaeologists believe Natufians, and around the middle east, may have been the earliest neolithic builders/farmers, and longest continuously inhabited in the world. Around the eastern Mediterranean, Israel and perhaps the Jerichco region there are many well known neolithic tourist attractions.

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Neolithic cultures appeared so commonly around there, in the Levant, some say they spread building design/agriculture into the east and west, and north, possibly even to North and South America. Neolithic societies appeared in southeast Europe by 6,500 BC, and central Europe by 5,500 BC.

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Extreme weather continues to increase, and life expectancy drop. Neolithic architecture (when humans learned the domestication of animals, and agriculture); pest control, chimney cleaning, and log cabin building are increasingly relevant.

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