What are megaliths?
When you tell someone that you have an interest in megaliths, they immediately ask what it is for something and you have to give a short answer with a single word that makes everyone “understand” what it is about, then you can just say: “Stonehenge”
But it is only a hint of what it is about, you would lie so well if someone asked how to define Denmark just answered: “Copenhagen”.
So, let me start with a more in-depth explanation of what this is really about.
The term Megalith itself comes from the Greek mega = large and lithos = stone, and originally simply means a large, often unprocessed, loose stone, which is found in the landscape.
From there, the word has been transferred to denote monuments built of the kind of stone material, the memorials created by our ancestors, what we know as long dolmens, round dolmens, stone dolmens, stone circles and stand-alone stones.
For introduction - My starting point
And there are actually many of these megalithic sites that are far more impressive than Stonehenge even though they are less well known than this.
Places like Avebury in England, where an entire village is surrounded by a stone circle,
Carnac in France with over 1000 stones and Gorafe in Spain with 135 different monuments, Carrowmore in Ireland, where megaliths are spread over an area of 3.8 square kilometers far exceeds Stonehenge in grandeur and the experience they provide
Yes, also here in Denmark we have a large facility, Lindhøje with about 700 grave monuments on the outskirts of Ålborg.
On this website I will try to give an impression of megalithic sites in Denmark and in other countries in Europe, and a little about the rest of the world,
This culture was widespread in most countries and shows that there was great coherence and exchange of thoughts and designs between the societies in the individual countries, well at that time the current countries did not even exist, as we have to go back up to 4000 years.
And a little bit of other information comes along
And then I want to tell about some other things I think are interesting, as it is from the old days. Or something that is exciting to look at when you are in the area, even if it is not that old.
I have seen many megalithic places in England with my guide over there, Lone, and she has described these places quite well and offers tours on an individual basis, where you can specify what you want to see, and then she makes a trip based on it.
We have also seen many places together in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Germany as well as some here in Denmark.
Jeg har set mange megalitsteder i England med min guide derovre, Lone, og hun har beskrevet disse steder ganske udmærket og tilbyder ture på individuel basis, hvor man selv kan specificere hvad man vil se, og så laver hun en tur ud fra det.
Vi har også sammen set mange steder i Spanien, Portugal, Holland og Tyskland samt en del her i Danmark.
Worldview in different cultures
Worldview: here understood as the image that the different cultures have formed of the outside world, especially the surrounding universe and the Earth’s location in this.
In the ancient cultures of Egypt and Babylon, the even older megalithic culture of northern Europe, the early Chinese and Japanese cultures, and the Mayan culture of Central America, millennia before the beginning of our era had acquired an in-depth knowledge of the movements of the Sun, Moon, and planets. to the fixed starry sky.
Calendars could be made with it, the accuracy of which has only been surpassed in recent centuries; the spatial location of the celestial bodies as well as their relative proportions between them and the Earth had no possibility of judging.