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IES Cerro del Viento

Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena

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Trip to Antequera, by Jesse, our assistant teacher.

On Tuesday, the first year students of Cerro del Viento went on a trip to see the dolmens of Antequera and the mountains of El Torcal. I was invited along to supervise and had a great time.

At our first stop we saw the ancient Menga and Viera dolmens. Scholars date these two structures, which sit only 70 meters apart from one another, to approximately 3500-3000 BCE, although they were only discovered in the late 19th-early 20th century. Both seem to originally have served as burial chambers for the local people. In fact, when the Menga dolmen was first opened archaeologists discovered hundreds of skeletons. Walking through each building I was struck by the size of the stones used in construction. I learned afterwards that the largest megalith of the Menga dolmen weighs over 200,000 kilograms! These places really give you a respect for the ingenuity of our ancient ancestors.

While we were waiting to go in some of the students told me stories about the mountain you can see across the plain, la Peña de los Enamorados. It looks just like a face looking upwards rising out of the ground. Apparently the mountain got its name when two Moorish lovers from rival clans jumped to their death, presumably from the part that looks like a nose.

Our next stop was the nearby Tholos of El Romeral. Although initially assumed to have been constructed at the same time as the other dolmens, more recent scholarship suggests that it was actually built as many as 2,000 years after. While we were here the students and I were taught the ancient ways of cave painting and hut building by three cavemen who for some reason spoke Spanish. Almost everyone got covered in mud making adobe for the hut, but it was still really fun.

The buses then drove us up miles of twisting roads to El Torcal where we ate lunch and went for a hike. These mountains look like they were carved by aliens. Moreover while up there we ran into a thick fog, adding considerably to the otherworldly vibe of the landscape. It took no small amount of cheerleading on the part of the teachers but eventually all the kids hiked the whole trail back to the buses. From there we were homeward bound. All-in-all I would say it was a great day.

Review: Jesse Young, assistant teacher.