from The Century Dictionary.
- Consisting of megaliths or very large stones: as, megalithic monuments; the megalithic architecture of Egypt.
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- adjective Of or pertaining to megaliths or the period during which they were erected.
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- adjective Of or pertaining to
megaliths, to the people who made them, or to the period when they were made
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- adjective of or relating to megaliths or the people who erected megaliths
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There is here nothing to suggest the Doric of Paestum and Selinus, much to recall the megalithic buildings of Syria, and the sculpture of the farther East.
The Legacy of Greece Essays By: Gilbert Murray, W. R. Inge, J. Burnet, Sir T. L. Heath, D'arcy W. Thompson, Charles Singer, R. W. Livingston, A. Toynbee, A. E. Zimmern, Percy Gardner, Sir Reginald Blomfield
These latter do not seem to have brought the idea of megalithic building with them, as their earlier tombs are simple mounds.
We shall consider first the theory that the idea of megalithic building was evolved among several races independently, i.e. that it was a phase of culture through which they separately passed.
If, as seems probable, the idea of megalithic building was brought to Europe by the immigration of a new race it is possible that a branch of this race entered Sicily.
When excavated, there was a possibility of recovering skeletal remains, black and red ware and iron implements typifying the Iron Age, also referred to as megalithic burials.
(_senams_) with holes pierced in their uprights and 'altar tables' at their base, which Barth, followed by Cooper in his _Hill of the Graces_, described as megalithic monuments, have been shown to be nothing more than olive-presses, the 'altar tables' being the slabs over which the oil ran off as it descended.
Chinese Culture_, Baltimore 1937.p. 20: The possibility of a "megalithic" culture in the Far East has often been discussed, by O. Menghin, R. Heine-Geldern, Cheng Tê-k'un,
Yet, Shang culture cannot well be called a "megalithic" culture.
Another kind of megalithic monument are the stone circles, only they are circles no longer, many stones having been carted away to mend walls.
Like Stonehenge, megalithic tombs offer proof positive of human habitation dating back 6,000 years.