In the middle of the vast Atlantic Ocean, the Azores islands stand as a puzzle. Historically, Portuguese navigators discovered them uninhabited in the early 1400s.
However, physicist Dr Felix Rodrigues has embarked on a ten-year journey to challenge this narrative and shed light on the island’s mysterious past. Dr Rodrigues has unearthed structures that defy explanation. These ancient dolmens, believed to be burial sites of prehistoric cultures, carry traces of intentional human craftsmanship.
The accumulation of materials within these cylindrical cavities dates back at least 2,500 years, while nearby ceramic artifacts are thought to be over 4,000 years old. These findings challenge the traditional understanding of the Azores’ uninhabited status before the Portuguese arrival.
Along the coast, additional clues emerge, casting further doubt on the established timeline. These structures, distinct from 15th-century Portuguese architecture, form part of a ritualistic complex, according to Dr Rodrigues.
However, skeptics propose alternative interpretations, suggesting that they could be remnants of 16th-century stables. Inland, the origins of peculiar tracks known as “relheiras” provoke controversy. Locals associate them with cart loads, but their true purpose remains uncertain.
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Top image: Ilha de Corvo in the Azores, Portugal. Source: Samuel Monteiro Domingues / CC BY-SA 4.0.