Uproar in Galicia as neolithic tomb replaced with picnic table

A 6000-year-old archaeological site in Galicia, Spain, has been completely destroyed by local builders who mistook the artefacts for rubble, cleared the stones and replaced them with a concrete picnic table.

Archaeological site in Galicia replaced with a concrete picnic table.

Archaeological site in Galicia replaced with a concrete picnic table. Image by Michael Coghlan / CC BY-SA 2.0

The neolithic tomb, in the northwestern Galician town of Cristovo de Cea, had heritage status and therefore should have been protected, but a lack of signage or anything else demarcating the area as a heritage site meant the builders failed to realise what it was. Now a spat has broken out over whose responsibility it was to protect the site. Read more: thelocal.es

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