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Thracian dolmens and their orientations

AuthorsGonzález-García, A. César ; Koleva, Vesselina; Kolev, Dimitar; Belmonte, Juan Antonio
Landscape archaeology
Thracian culture
Instiute of Heritage Sciences
Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio
Issue Date2008
PublisherKlaipeda University Press
CitationEn Archaeologia Baltica, 10: 170-173 (2008)
Abstract[EN]Spread over south-eastern Bulgaria, northern Greece and the European part of Turkey are a large number of megalithic tombs. These dolmens were built from around the twelfth century BC to about the sixth century BC. The monuments were built with well cut slabs, defining a rectangular space with a roof. A small hole marks the entrance. A dromos is also present in some dolmens and all of these structures used to be covered by a tumulus. We present the first results from a series of campaigns devoted to measuring the orientation of these structures. The first campaign was carried out in the Strandja Mountains where 31 dolmens (among other monuments) were measured. The dolmens are not orientated at random, and a particular pattem of orientation has been found for the entrance of these monuments. Several tentative explanations are attempted and supported with information provided by contemporary Greek sources.
DescriptionThe volumen title is ASTRONOMY AND COSMOLOGY IN FOLK TRADITIONS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE Edited by Jonas Vaigkunas. Archaeologia Baltica volume 10 was prepared by Klaipėda University Institute of Baltic Sea Region History and Archaeology and Museum of Molėtai district. Published with a grant from the Ministry of Education and Science of The Republic of Lithuania.
Publisher version (URL)http://www.ku.lt/leidykla/files/2012/09/Archaeologia_BALTICA_10.pdf
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