The A to Z Challenge – D for Dolmen

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Today’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter D — D for Dolmen.

Usually, when people think of megalithic construction, the first thing that comes to mind is Stonehenge. The fact is, there are prehistoric stoneworks of all sorts peppered across Europe, the Middle East, parts of Asia, and even in the Americas. The early Neolithic period (4000 to 3000 BCE) saw a lot of this puzzling megalithic construction. One such enigma is the dolmen.

A dolmen, also known as a portal tomb or quoit, consists of large upright stones that support an equally large and flat horizontal capstone. It’s believed they were originally covered with earth and what we see today is actually the skeleton of the structure.

No one knows exactly who built them or what their purpose was. The most widely accepted theory is dolmen are tombs or burial chambers, but there’s little archeological evidence to back that up. The one thing everyone is certain of… they’re old. At least 7000 years old. This means the mysterious builders were contemporaries of the ancient Egyptians.

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6 Responses to The A to Z Challenge – D for Dolmen

  1. Melissa Keir says:

    Stonehenge is the most known and beautiful burial mound. Ohio has some Native People’s ones that are like hills. They look more beautiful from above as they undulate over the ground.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Super article, Rose! Great photos. I love ancient sites and these are particularly mysterious and interesting.

  3. Very cool. Thanks for sharing this fascinating and mysterious bit of history.

  4. Paula Martin says:

    The Poulnabrone dolmen in Ireland is quite impressive. It’s very similar to the photo bottom left.

  5. E. Ayers says:

    It’s amazing to even think they moved these huge stones. Then there’s Easter Island. Strange. Ever wonder what people will think of us 7000 years from now?

  6. I find these neolithic sites capture my imagination. Come back for letter G. That’s the megalithic site to top all the others. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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