D for Dolmens

A dolmen is a structure built by ancient humans which normally consisted two upright stones supporting a flattish capstone. There is a strong belief that Dolmens were used as tombs but we are not completely sure.

Megalithic Dolmens
Megalithic Dolmens

What is truly striking is that Dolmens are found in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. The dolmens that were built so far apart geographically look similar. So did the habit of building dolmens start with one original group of early ancestors who spread it to all these other parts?

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Dolmen covered by vegetation

Just as I was researching this, I found that South Korea has the world’s largest concentration of dolmens.

My photographs of dolmens are from Tamil Nadu, India (near Kodaikanal)

From the Dolmen- Looking On
From the Dolmen- Looking On
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This dolmen has collapsed

 

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. ngfayeng says:

    Never seen or heard of these before, interesting!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks!

  2. neihtn2012 says:

    I thought dolmens were found only in Europe, but I learned from your post that they can be found in other continents as well, and in countries like India or South Korea. Thank you for this lesson! 🙂

    1. Anabel Marsh says:

      I learned the same thing!

      1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

        I’m glad I was able to present something that was unknown! I would love to go see the dolmens around the world someday!

  3. Nice one
    This was quite very good posts on tombs .good to see India here

    @dixita011 from
    Cafenined words

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks!

  4. Ada says:

    Very interesting. It’s always great to travel with you. 🙂

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you so much Ada!

  5. Another fantastic history lesson!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Well, thank you! I’m glad you find it interesting!

  6. Nirmala says:

    Interesting!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks, glad you found it interesting!

  7. Lav says:

    Even without the mystery, the age of these is mind boggling!
    The pictures are very idyllic! I get a feeling of being there…

  8. V del Casal says:

    I second Three Chatty Cats. 🙂

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