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Akaulins[edit]

Akaulins, you have made some edits which I disagree with and which require substantiation. Your implication the megalithic technology dispersed from a central point needs backing up or at least a discussion of separate regional development.

The rest of your additions do not seem to be closely connected with megaliths, instead being a general view of the Neolithic and Bronze Age and I think it should be moved there for further discussion. In brief: Although Neolithic settlement sites are relatively sparse you should mention the 'absence of evidence' arguments of Megaw and Simpson and Burl's roundhouses. The precise domestic role of the Neolithic longhouse may be open to question but when coupled with the large number of ambiguous Neolithic structures found in Britain then there is a body of evidence you are ignoring. See also Skara Brae. adamsan 18:24, 13 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Nabta Playa[edit]

Can someone verify the edits regarding Nabta Playa ? I refer you to User:Mark Dingemanse/Roylee. Wizzy 09:52, 6 November 2005 (UTC)

Would this be clearer, with IN replacing FROM?

The term can be used to describe buildings erected by people IN many parts of the world living in many different periods. Angela26 14:37, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

proposal to merge megalithic archetictural elements with this[edit]

this article is t laid out well and could include all the info contained in Megalithic architectural elements which is in it self a merge of several small articles scattered in a rather unhelpful cat called [[Category:archaeological features]] which clashes with the term feature in [[Category: Methods and principles in archaeology]] Boris 10:52, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

paranormal?[edit]

Why is this topic not covered in paranormal interest?

Pjacobi removed it with the (not paranormal) edit.

J. D. Redding 17:01, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

This topic belongs into archaelogy, and the myths and legends surrounding them, pre-date the notion of "paranormal" at least by centuries. --Pjacobi 18:48, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
Maybe in your country, but there are many new myths and legends in Europe where new age beliefs (not to mention megaliths) are more common. There are also many modern paranormal beliefs linking megalithic sites such as Stonehenge in Britain to UFOs, lay lines, supposed magnetic energy grids and even inter dimensional portals. All of which come under the domain of project paranormal.
New myths and legends? Not by any defintion I know.Doug Weller (talk) 12:57, 10 April 2008 (UTC)
perfectblue 07:01, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Then they may deserve mention in a more specialised article -- but not here. --Pjacobi 08:14, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
It's not really you're place to decide, lets take it to the Project Paranormal discussion page. Let the project consensus decide.
perfectblue 10:22, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
That's your problem: Thinking that Project Paranormal can decide this. --Pjacobi 10:25, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Considering there's no mention of anything paranormal in the article, it seems a bit silly to slap a big project paranormal tag on this talk page. --Minderbinder 13:08, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I can solve quickly solve that with 5 minutes, a keyboard, and a good Jerome Clark book. - perfectblue 14:52, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

It's not the question whether the paranormal connection is mentioned, but whether it should be mentioned. As per undue weight it shouldn't be mentioned here. --Pjacobi 15:10, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Please quote me the exact section of "undue weight" that you are referring to. As I see it, the fact that there are so many associations between monoliths and the supernatural/paranormal in the popular imagination, means that the association would rate at least one well worded paragraph even if it is only to wikilink in to the pages about said beliefs. Said paragraph would be well within the weight limit and there is precedent all over the place with "in fiction" or "in popular culture" sections in hundreds of different articles.
perfectblue 17:10, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
Associations don't make change that Megalith is a topic of archaelogy. Only very tiny minority of archaelogists subscribe to the paranormal view of megaliths. Perhaps none. Can you name any one? --Pjacobi 18:22, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
You're statement makes no sense. Archaeologists are the last people that you would expect to associate monoliths with the Paranormal. The vast majority of NASA rocket scientists likely don't believe in UFOs, but that doesn't stop millions of non-rocket scientists from believing in them -perfectblue 07:09, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
Just because a project tags an article as under their watch does not make that article necessarily any less associated with other areas. The Paranormal project covers a huge variety of topics such as New Age beliefs, unusual phenomena, folk beliefs, cryptozoology etc etc. I am so tired of other editors jumping the gun and assuming that being tagged by ths project makes the subject matter somehow less credible. We have scientists, anthropologists, folklorists and other such academics in the project and many skeptics. All the projects seeks to do is improve articles, protect them from unconstrucive or vandalizing edits and to assure NPOV. This article belongs in the project. Nobody is "slapping" anything on an article when they add the tag. It's merely a tool to make sure it is listed in our area for our editors to see. Why would anyone object to MORE editors working on a project? Please remember that as editors, we are supposed to assume good faith. In addition, it would be appropriate for their to be a small section describing (but notadvocating) the New Age beliefs that have sprung up about Megaliths. LiPollis 20:20, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I am a member of the project and I do not think that megalith belongs classified under such a project. Those who are interested in editting paranormal-related articles shouldn't be interested in editing this article for reasons related to the paranormal. To label this article as such opens up the possibility of people feeling free to begin describing paranormal associations with megaliths -- something rightly excluded by WP:WEIGHT. --ScienceApologist 21:08, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
You're also one of the most active skeptics in the group. I don't think that it would be a breach of AFG to say that you joined project paranormal with the aim reigning in what you see as being excesses. Weight only really applies when a minority argument is given too much presence. It's certainly not a breach to present a subsection of opinion in scale, and if you're worried about "the slippery slope", you can always set up a watch on the page, or expand the conventional sections to re-wight things- perfectblue 07:09, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
I'll go with the consensus. I am, by the way, someone who holds an actual degree in Archaeology. (I would be happy to provide my bona fides via email) and who worked, for a time as such for a museum. I wish the paranormal project had a better name because it's the name that seems to create the conflict in people's minds. When you consider that many megaliths were erected for religious reasons in the first place, religions that if practiced today would be probably fall under the project's jurisdiction, it seems a little bit overwrought to suggest the project's tag alone would be giving undue weight to something. As I said, I'll go with the consensus. Perhaps ScienceApologist can interest another more appropriate project to consider adding this article to their fold. Articles guided by projects tend to progress up the classes fasterLiPollis 21:27, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I think that the general consensus is that paranormal associations with Megalith don't actually have any archaeological value, but are more a part of new age and UFO beliefs. - perfectblue 07:09, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Archaeology has nothing to do with the paranormal. The peoples who built megaliths likely had paranormal ideas in their minds - but they were just ideas. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.90.55.168 (talk) 11:35, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

Consensus needed[edit]

There's a "bit of disagreement" over whether Megalith comes under Project Paranormal's jurisdiction. Consensus is needed. Please make your feelings known

perfectblue 10:29, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Yes: Megaliths are frequently the subject of myths legends and new age beliefs, they are also commonly cited in Ufology and modern pseudo-supernatural beliefs. For example, that they form part of a planet wide power-grid used by UFOs, that mark/create gateways to other dimensions which are responsible for numerous disappearances or strange sightings, or they were built by aliens or ancient people with paranormal abilities. - perfectblue 10:29, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • Yes per Perfectblue, this is definitely paranormal-related stuff.Martinphi (Talk Ψ Contribs) 18:32, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
  • YES - I added my thoughts about this on the article's talk page. Other than LBGT project, I've not seen another project so universally assumed to be "up to no good" by other editors. There seems to be a serious lack of WP:AGF towards this project and it's a shame.LiPollis 20:23, 16 April 2007 (UTC)
I wonder if it might be for faith reasons? The projects that seem to come under the most attack are seem to be ones that deal with issues that religious conservatives have issues with. LGBT, project Paranormal, not to mention the informal groups trying to maintain the non-censorship policies. - perfectblue 06:39, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
Cannot comment on LGBT (only as it doens't interest me) but project paranormal isn't under attack, however some (a minority) of it's editors seem to suffer from a persecution complex. Shot info 06:45, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
  • ABSOLUTELY NOT Archaeology has NOTHING to do with the paranormal, unless you're someone like von Daniken, and all his ilk are considered fringe. The only mention of paranormal beliefs in connection with megaliths should be made on pages actively dealing with paranormal theories. The iredeemably vast majority of academia considers such theories as rubbish, and Wikipedia at least in spirit is supposed to take an academic, scientific stance in its articles, is it not? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.90.55.168 (talk) 11:43, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

Process all wrong[edit]

the following was moved from the Paranormal Project talk page, and is referring to that page Martinphi (Talk Ψ Contribs) 00:19, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

  • This is the wrong place to discuss, let alone straw-poll, the issue.
  • Jurisdiction isn't bold, it's reckless.
  • My reservoir of AGF was rapidly drained in collision with some of the project members.

Pjacobi 20:59, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

This isn't a straw poll, there are procedures for that. This is an informal discussion between members of a specific project as to whether or not the feel that a specific page comes under their jurisdiction. If a project can't decide what they cover, then who can?
perfectblue 06:36, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
I cannot see a problem with a project group flagging an article for inclusion into it's own scope but editing the article needs to keep WP:WEIGHT in mind. Shot info 06:45, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, I think that you might have your wires crossed. I'm arguing that the article should come under the scope of project paranormal because monolith are sometime associated with the paranormal. I'm not proposing that the page be changed so that it is about monoliths in the context of the paranormal. At most, this page needs a simple paragraph mentioning the most notable associations and wikilinking into their articles. It's not a takeover so weight wouldn't come into it. - perfectblue 13:51, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Just drop the "jurisdiction" and play nice. Any information "Paranormal connections of Megaliths" would add something about "Paranormal" to our content, not something about "Megalith". It's a bit like the "Trivia" sections which are spread by viral growth and often states, how the article's subject has been interpreted in The Simpsons -- that should normally go into some subarticle of The Simpsons, not -- e.g. -- into the Black hole. Compare the notable exception Stephen Hawking, as this is an out-of-universe factoid there. Or the more related example, where Neopaganism gets mentioned in European Megalithic Culture. --Pjacobi 08:30, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Would adding something paranormal be so bad? like I said above, it's not a takeover attempt. - perfectblue 13:51, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
No it wouldn't perfectblue, but when editors encounter rigid resistance to an aspect of a topic, it's best to just be the better person and leave it be. I've looked over the Megalith article and come to the conclusion that any mention of religious significance or neo-pagan interest in them should appear only on the individual megalith's article page. That way we can avoid some readers assuming that any mention of pagan or neopagan practices equals the assertion that all megaliths have pagan or neopagan significance. it's not an assumption I think too many readers WOULD make mind you, but let's err on the side of caution. If editors cannot or will not assume good faith on the part of the paranormal project, we should not dig our heels in. We should simply move on to another topic. Heaven knows we have many on our to do list!LiPollis 16:46, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

I think that there is enough reason to remove the tagging of this article as under the scope of the Paranormal WikiProject to remove the template from this talkpage. See Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Paranormal##Talk:Megalith for more on this. --ScienceApologist 10:45, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Please do not remove editor's comments, like this edit. J. D. Redding 18:36, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Can you actually name on wikireg or policy that says that this shouldn't come under the Project Paranormal? = perfectblue 14:46, 20 April 2007 (UTC)


Just a quick look @ g.books (with search term "megalith paranormal") ...

  • Mysteries: An Investigation Into the Occult, the Paranormal And the Supernatural - Page 118; by Colin Wilson - 2006 - 667 pages
  • The Sociological Review - Page 375; by Sociological Society., University of Keele, Institute of Sociology - 1908
  • Diverse Druids by Robert Baird - 2003 - 368 pages

If ppl look into the situation, there probably alot more info/scolarly articles/published books. J. D. Redding 18:20, 20 April 2007 (UTC) (PS., you could also do "occult megalith", "ufo megalith", or "[insert your favorite paranormal term] megalith" and find thsi is not an unusual association within certian studies and research))


For what its worth, as a (light) contributor to the article, I agree with ScienceApologist on this, but also think that here is the wrong place for the discussion. It seems that this is broad intra project discussion about your own scope, and should be limited to your project's talk.

I admit that there is a lot of documented speculation on a possible paranormal aspect to Megaliths. As far as I can see, archaeology is a science based on objective empirical research, while the paranormal is a fringe science based on speculation. In my openion a paranormal banner misleads readers, and creates an association I'm not comfortable with. I'm not a scientist, just live in an area heavily populated with the things, and I stand to be corrected; but that's my take. Ceoil 20:15, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Data and fact about megaliths in popular culture, which can be encountered in the realms of public speculation, science fiction, and fantasy, should be covered (with citations). Interpretations of scientific research (fringe and conventional) should also be included. J. D. Redding 20:31, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
You are bordering on trivia there. In particlar, references in science fiction and fantasy should be restricted to their own articles, and they are not welcome here. Ceoil 20:45, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
Not trivia, just facts and data. AND there are alot of articles that deal with popular culture factoids in wikipedia. The notable facts should be included, until such time as they can be split off rom this article into thier own seperate article. J. D. Redding 21:09, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
Popular culture factoids should be shot removed on sight, and often form the basis for oppose on both FAC and FAR. Do you have better arguments. Ceoil 21:15, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
Please don't edit in a POV fashion (eg., "shot"). Popular culture facts should be included. J. D. Redding 21:18, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
Right. What I meant was "Do you have better arguments"...because I'm curious as to how you are going to back out of this. "Popular culture facts should be included", have lost interest already. Reverted claim banner. Ceoil 21:23, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
"Popular culture facts should be included." By what reasoning/policy? --Minderbinder 21:25, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
By the thousands of articles that include popluar culture data. Did you look @ a simple search of wikipedia to see the multitude of articles that include popular culture data/info/facts? J. D. Redding 21:32, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
And the inclusion of pop culture material is much debated. I'm not sure what makes you think that one article having something is automatically a precedent that allows doing it in any article. --Minderbinder 21:42, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
If the fact that thousands of articles need a clean up to remove unencyclopedic content, and this lower standard is the extent of your project's claims, then for god sake. The principals, policies, whateVer are WP:FACR, WP:MOS and WP:CRUFT. Ceoil 21:48, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
WP:FACR is criteria for a good article, but all the points support including such data and facts, such as "Comprehensive" means that the article does not neglect major facts and details (such as from popular culture). The only thing remotely possible is "indiscriminate", but this is not non-selective or random information ... it's relevant and factually accurate info about the article @ hand.
WP:MOS guideline ... make sure the info is properly formatted. Ok.
WP:CRUFT essay ... not a policy or guideline. But "no firm policy on the inclusion of obscure branches of popular culture subjects". I also don't think "obscure" info should be included, but well known info shouls be.
J. D. Redding 22:05, 20 April 2007 (UTC) (ps., please don't "remove encyclopedic content" as you stated above)
You are interpreting policy to justify cruft, you realise that right? Ceoil 22:10, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Minderbinder, can you rephrase your statement, as I do not know what you intended to say. Ceoil 21:50, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Many editors oppose having pop culture sections in articles, it is a subject of huge debate. And the inclusion of a section in one article doesn't justify having that section in another article - "but this other article has one" isn't really an argument. Have I clarified? --Minderbinder 21:58, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
You have. Sorry, just wanted an explicit reasoning, as I feel im shouting to a wall here. Ceoil 22:03, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

So much for "this is not a take over". — BillC talk 23:01, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Ahem[edit]

Meta: Reddi, can edit one article without putting 200 entries into the history? Also these drive-by article extensions done by Google books searches without actually reading the references you give, are essentially unasked for.

IMHO the further reading sections should give our readers some advice for good summary article and books on different levels. We cannot seriously attempt to create a complete bibliography here, but perhaps we can link existing ones? Also, references and further reading applying to specific subtopics should better be given at the corresponding sub-articles.

Pjacobi 11:01, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Sigh[edit]

Removal of primary sources, secondary sources, and tertiary sources. J. D. Redding

Any reason for the ignorant (eg., a lack of knowledge or uninformed) and POV (aka., anti-paranormal) edit WMC?

Mainly about stonehenge ... but has info about megaliths in general ... and astroarchaeology ....

About megaliths and alil' astro-archaeology ..

Paranormal research about megaliths ... will be used to cite occultic info ...

Paranormal research about megaliths ... will be used to cite occultic info ...

J. D. Redding 14:57, 21 April 2007 (UTC)


SA (JS) removed a source. Paranormal research about megaliths ... will be used to cite occultic info ...

J. D. Redding 15:54, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

To be added as source it should have been read and used by a contributor. Nor robot-like harvested from Google books. --Pjacobi 18:28, 21 April 2007 (UTC)
Added them as sources ... I did read many pages of these. I was going to use them. 'Fact based research (eg., All articles on Wikipedia should be based on information collected from published primary and secondary sources. This is not "original research"; it is "source-based research", and it is fundamental to writing an encyclopedia.) with the help of Google books. J. D. Redding 01:45, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Merge Proposal[edit]

  • Merge I propose that European Megalithic Culture be merged into this article because that article is mainly about structures rather than culture and the limited mentions of culture are an uncited combination of opinion, speculation and OR which could better be summarised in one section in this Megalith article. Abtract 15:16, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose TharkunColl 15:24, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
    • Comment. Reasons might be useful? :) Abtract 15:36, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
      • Reply I think the European megalithic tradition in the Neolithic and early Bronze Age is famous and distinctive enough to merit an article of its own. TharkunColl 16:40, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Agree For the reasons discussed on the European Megalithic Culture, I would agree to merge much of that article in its present for into this one, and either add a section on the notion of unified "Megalithic Culture" here, or redesign the other article ot be more explicitly concerned with that topic. athinaios 15:29, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Comment - There's also a lot of overlap with Megalithic tomb. What we have now are three medium-length articles that overlap a great deal, and two are very weak on citations. Depending on how long an article people feel comfortable with, I think it would be possible to merge both or even all three and have a thorough, well-cited article. Given that athinaios is willing to work on this, I lean towards Merge. - Kathryn NicDhàna 16:22, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Oppose The danger is that such articles tend to become lists, and photo deposits. I'd keep regioanl articles out on their own. Ceoil 16:46, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
  • As long as megaliths around the world [i.e. not just Europe but Indonesia, Korea, Kyushu (Japan), and Shandong (China)] are treated equally, I agree that Megalith should be merged with Megalithic tomb and European Megalithic Culture so that content is not unnecessarily diffused throughout the 'pedia. Grunty Thraveswain 16:55, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Agree with the second proposal to merge all three articles ... Megalithic tomb already contains a section on European megalithic tradition. I think we could make a really good article if combined. Abtract 17:34, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Experiment. I have prepared a rough idea of how a threee way merge might look. Feel free to comment or change it as you wish. I offer this as an aid to our decision, not as a perfect merge. Abtract 21:20, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
What about the timeline? And why shouldn't people who want to find out about European megaliths have their own article? TharkunColl 23:00, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
Good point about timeline, I overlooked it but have added it now. As to "why shouldn't people ... have their own article?" I just can't see it. We are not here to provide articles aimed at special interest groups, we are trying to create an encyclopedia where information is grouped into articles that hang together around a central topic - I believe "Megalith" does just that. If certain sections were ever to get too large in the future, they could be hived off to separate articles - though there is no sign of that yet. We have the opportunity to create quite a useful article here, one where info on a near world-wide phenomenum is grouped together in such a way where the reader can easily compare megaliths from around the world, can discover how and when these structures were built, how methods spread, what they were used for etc. Redirects will lead special interest readers here.Abtract 23:22, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
This looks really good, Abtract! Good job! This is shaping up to be just what I had in mind - a solid article that covers all the bases, and could eventually reach FA status. TharkunColl, I have to agree with Abtract here, one well-rounded and thoroughly-sourced article serves the 'pedia far better than a scattered collection of unsourced and redundant ones. We can easily make redirects to the sub-sections, for those searching for info from a particular culture. Example: European megaliths -> Megalith#European megaliths, etc. - Kathryn NicDhàna 23:42, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
I do actually rather like the way the new article is shaping up, and have no further objections to the merger.TharkunColl 08:46, 7 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Since there is little disagreement so far I am going to put my sandbox article in full view as Megaliths. I suggest we all edit that article exclusively for the next 7 days (so don't waste edits on the three articles we are debating). Once we are all happy it is OK we copy it into Megalith and redirect the other articles there. Alternatively we may decide that the article should be in the plural and keep it at Megaliths. Naturally if other editors come along who are not happy about the merge we can talk about that subject again. Abtract 17:02, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Megaliths of Kerala India[edit]

Kerala's megalithic monuments linked to the Mediterranean?

A wide range of megalithic burials recently discovered in some northern districts of Kerala (India) during a research project have thrown light on possible links between the Mediterranean and Kerala coasts in the Stone Age between 6000 BCE and 2000 BCE. The researchers, however, say further studies and analysis are required to establish the thesis. Interestingly, the finds were unearthed at a time when the researchers have firmly established the maritime links between the Mediterranean region with Kerala since ancient times, thanks also to the shards of Roman amphora that have recently been dug up from Pattanam near Kochi, close to the ancient port town Muziris.

    The existence of a large number of port-holed cists and dolmens in Palakkad, Wayanad and Idukki districts seeks to show that the megalithic people who lived in these parts of the world were navigators who migrated to Kerala from the Mediterranean region by sea route. V.P. Devadas, principal investigator, UGC [University Grants Commission] Major Research Project on Megaliths of Kerala, says that the archaeological studies on Malabar mainly depend on its megalithic culture. Though there is uniformity in the character of the megalithic burial monuments in Malabar, there are some differences in the mode of construction.
    Dr. Devadas says that Kerala is rich in megalithic monuments, viz. rock-cut caves, rock-cut pits, urn burials, umbrella stones (kodakkal, hat stones (toppikkal), slab cists, port-holed cists, dolmens, menhirs, multiple hood stones and stone circles. Among these monuments, the most typical of the megalithic burials is the port-holed cist. A port-holed cist is a box-like structure, made of four or five dressed granite orthostats or slabs kept upright either in the clockwise or in the anti-clockwise direction on a floor slab with a cap-stone cover. The box-like structure has a port-hole on the front slab, the hole facing the east.
    In the large cist cemeteries of Wayanad, the port-holed cists are found facing the east. This type is mainly confined to the granite highland region of Kerala. Port-holed cists are abundantly seen at Muppuzha in Palakkad district, Ayiremkolli, Kuppakolli, Krishnagiri, Vythiri and Mangalamkarp in Wayanad district and Marayur in Idukki district, according to Dr. Devadas' study. There are a large number of port-holed cists at Pathirikunnu in Krishnagiri at the foothills of the Chembra peak near Meppadi. There are about 200 such cist burials in an area of 1,500 acres near the Edakkal Hills.

http://www.stonepages.com/news/archives/003744.html http://openlibrary.org/books/OL25355M/Kerala_megaliths_and_their_builders —Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.217.129.62 (talk) 03:11, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

Megalith Culture vs. Spread of the Root "Karn" & Inclusion of Egypt[edit]

There should be some kind of comparison done on the link distribution of the Megalith sites and the pattern of the spread of the root "Karn" throughout the languages spoken in the areas affected. The most notable examples are the presence of the root in the site names of several of the Megalith sites, themselves. In English the word "cairn" means stone monument. A similar root appears in Basque, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Phoenician, Maltese (I think), Arabic, Hebrew, Coptic.

The latter also raises the question of whether the stone monuments in Egypt, itself, should not be included as part of spread of the Megalith culture; the most notable example, of course being Karnak (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karnak). — Preceding unsigned comment added by 129.89.251.17 (talk) 22:48, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

"Of course"? I do not find any serious etymology for Karnak. Please submit a link if you have one. Otherwise is might just as easily be sourced from carnalis. Kortoso (talk) 19:11, 29 December 2014 (UTC)

Crosslinking - Hyperlink[edit]

Hello, it would be good if the reference (seen as Hyperlink) would be more precise : e.g. Corsica : leads one to the island page, and not to some archeological site. Please add at least site names so that one has a chance to locate interesting information. Renebach (talk) 10:27, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

Timeline of megalithic construction[edit]

This timeline is a westeuropean view. completly stupid.

Megalithic start in central france (La hoguette culture) ca, 5200 BCE with direction to England/Doggerland/German coast. I think the early english megalithik is a false friend action, inspired by english/irish patriots.

Middle Rhein (michelsberger culture) start around 4700, belgium, netherlands ca 4500 BCE, assimilate by TRB culture 4300 BCE and expansion frisia to jutland 3800 BC, north-east germany ca. 3600 BC, swede around 3300 BC and TRB->England ca. 3300 BC (second megalith phase). The portugal megalithic is a other culture what comes from northern africa!!! start around same time like france central. It seems the westiberian megalithic had nothing to do with france megalithic but is not sure. Check the north african coast megalithic. These scenario is of basis from Prof. Johannes Mueller, Uni Kiel. He had new calibrated european megalithic 1997. Bell beaker had begun a new megalitic wave around 2800/2400 BC. They are big fans of megalithic monuments, but not the first developer of megalith tradition. Megalithicer was not the ancient forefathers of celts. That is only patriotism but not science. And i miss the dates of east- and southern european megaliths (especialy the late megalith construction in Northern caucasus and pontus) region. Do wikipedia think they have not megalith construction? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 5.159.60.40 (talk) 16:58, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Newly found megaliths in Siberia - 3000 tons[edit]

Megaliths were discovered in Gornaya Shoria, Siberia, Russia which could be the largest in the world. Please see the link http://englishrussia.com/2014/03/06/huge-mysterious-megaliths/ — Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.176.65.125 (talk) 17:23, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Loved this FB page on it:[1] "In the afternoon, we went to the neighboring peak, where before our eyes a strange cyclopean construction of vertically set boulders standing on a giant foundation. We all came to the conclusion that we were observing ancient energotsentral design, because in some places the vertical plates of the capacitor has been blocked by powerful horizontal blocks. Photographed strange constructions, we went down to the camp." And "The conclusion was unequivocal, we are faced with is an unexplainable phenomenon of negative magnetic field. Where does it come from? Maybe it's the residual phenomenon of ancient antigravity technologies." When something is published in a reliable scientific source, maybe we can consider adding it here. Dougweller (talk) 17:44, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
The March 6, 2014 Huge Mysterious Megalith article in Russia Today is certainly an unreliable source given that it includes a picture of a stone block found at Ollantaytambo that has been blatantly altered to make it look far larger than it really is.
In addition, the arguments for interpreting this feature to be a manmade structure need to be published in detail in a reliable scientific source as the photographs of this feature only have the appearance of being readily recognizable and classic examples of corestones created by the spheroidal weathering of local bedrock with well-developed sets of orthogonal cross joints. The corestones were later stripped of surrounding regolith by erosion. If so, this feature is only an interesting indicator about pre-Pleistocene paleoclimates in Siberia. Paul H. (talk) 12:47, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Paul. That stone was obviously out of place, well spotted. I think [2] is another picture of it. Dougweller (talk) 16:09, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Old Testament[edit]

Are there any studies out there about Megaliths in the Old Testament? If I recall correctly the patriarchs in Genesis set up Dolmens to commemorate important events. While historians and archaeologists don't like viewing the Bible as a historical document it is a mistake to completely ignore it, the Old Testament after all provides good insight into ancient culture in the Middle East.

Madia Gonds?[edit]

There is mention of a "study" that speaks of a "living megalithic culture" in Madia Gonds, but there's no evidence that anyone has read this article; the name of the study's originator is not mentioned, for instance. Kortoso (talk) 19:01, 29 December 2014 (UTC)