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Stele from Fonelas

  • Stele from Fonelas. Granada Archaeology and Ethnography Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Stele from Fonelas. Granada Archaeology and Ethnography Museum © Ministerio de Cultura



Rites, worship and beliefs


2600-2200 BC

Cultural background


Original title

Estela de Fonelas

This megalithic object from the Fonelas necropolis (Granada) is a type of protective figure for a tomb, which probably shows the importance of the buried person.

This Chalcolithic slate stele is decorated with a central human-shaped figure and zigzag lines at the sides. The Fonelas necropolis, where the stele was found, is made up of 70 megaliths. It was found in a small 5 x 3 dolmen, which had an internal compartment separated by two stones, where the stele was placed as paving.

The idol itself is 34 x 14 cm. It fits in with the context of representations and symbolisms of idol-plaques of the time that can be found in Extremadura. In the province of Granada there are still about 500 megalithic collective burials from the Chalcolithic period.

Details of the work

Fonelas megalithic necropolis (province of Granada)


Width = 18 mm; Maximum height = 6 mm

Varnished, moulding, firing

Red clay


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