A Galician Tomb Older Than The Great Pyramid


Ivan Fernandez Amil is a Galician writer that has been researching and documenting the history and achievements of Galician people throughout the centuries. He has found some unusual and fascinating facts that I want to share with you.

Silleda is a rural area in the north of the province of Pontevedra well known for its natural spaces and historical sites. One of the most unusual findings are these petroglyphs from the Bronce Age (2000-1500 B.C.) They represent mazes, animals, geometric symbols, or human figures. Even though they are found all over Europe, Galicia has one of the larger concentration of petroglyphs.

Another monument worth mentioning is the Monastery of Carboeiro, built in the early years of the 10th century. It is an architectural work of the Romanesque art and one of the most characteristic monuments of medieval Galicia.

Carboeiro Monastery
Carboeiro Monastery
Carboeiro Monastery’s Interior

The Devil’s Bridge was the only access to Carboeiro’s Monastery in the XVI century. Legend has it that the monks, tired of constantly rebuilding the bridge due to the river’s flooding, made a deal with the devil. He was to build an indestructible bridge in exchange for the souls of people who died on Sunday nights. However, the monks deceived the devil by chanting their Vespers all night long on Sundays.

Ponte do Demo (Devil’s Bridge)
Ponte do Demo (Devil’s Bridge)

And now we come to the ancient tomb, at least 2,000 years older than the Great Pyramid, less famous and less elaborated that was found by chance in 2007. Work for the construction of the high-speed train line began that year and something called the attention of workers when they were laying out the railroad lines. As they could not continue the work over the monument, authorities were called and excavations began. What they discovered was a 6,300 years old tomb with the remains of the clothes and a necklace belonging to some distinguished person. The stone that covered the tomb weighs three tons, which is heavier than the blocks used to build the Great Pyramid, so it must have been quite an effort for those humans to carry it and place it on top.

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