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The orientation of dolmens in Bulgaria

AuthorsKolev, Dimitar; Tsonev, Lyubomir V.; González-García, A. César ; Koleva, Vesselina
Institute of Heritage Sciences
Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio
Issue Date2008
PublisherSaint Ivan Rilski
CitationIn Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy: 169-174 (2008)
Abstract[EN]Analysis of the orientation of the longitudinal axis of 81 dolmens in Bulgaria is presented. The magnetic azimuths Am were measured by clinometers SUUNTO TANDEM and the positions – by GPS-device. The rough correction 9Am of the magnetic deviation of 5° (for the Eastern Rhodopes) and 4° (for the Sakar Mountain and the Strandzha Mountain) was applied in order to obtain the geodetic (from North) azimuths Ao=Am+9Am. The measured azimuths occupy the sector from Ao=90° to 300°. It is impossible to consider the dolmens as a homogeneous group. The topographic analysis shows that the orientation towards some height or peak in the vicinity of the dolmen or even towards more distant targets (up to 50 km) prevails. Some of the North Sakar dolmens near the village of Hlyabovo are oriented to other dolmens. Some questions arising from this study and proposals for further investigations are discussed.
DescriptionProceedings of the International Conference Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy, 29-30 October 2008 Sofia, Publishing House “St. Ivan Rilski”, Sofia, Bulgaria. Editor: R. I. Kostov, B. Gaydarska, M. Gurova.
Publisher version (URL)http://mgu.bg/geoarchmin/
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