A megalith is a large stone used to build a structure or monument, either alone or together with other stones. Megalithic means structures made of such large stones, put together without the use of mortar or cement.
The word megalith comes from the Ancient Greek μέγας megas meaning great, and λίθος lithos meaning stone. It has been used to describe stone structures built by people from many parts of the world living in many different times. Many megaliths were used to figure out the dates of the solstices and equinoxes.
A famous example of a megalith is Stonehenge.
Notes[change | edit source]
- Johnson, W. (1908) p.67
References[change | edit source]
- Johnson, W. (1908). Folk-memory. Oxford: Clarendon press.