mega·​lith | \ ˈme-gə-ˌlith How to pronounce megalith (audio) \

Definition of megalith

: a very large usually rough stone used in prehistoric cultures as a monument or building block

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megalithic \ ˌme-​gə-​ˈli-​thik How to pronounce megalithic (audio) \ adjective

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There is such a drought in the Extremadura region that the Valdecañas Reservoir has shrunk and uncovered the Dolmen of Guadalperal, about 100 megaliths that are seven millennia old, Alyssa McMurtry writes, also in Atlas Obscura. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Taking a different path in Puerto Vallarta," 12 Sep. 2019 There is no surveillance at the site, leaving tourists free to interact with—and likely damage—the megaliths. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Dolmen of Guadalperal, Popularly Dubbed ‘Spanish Stonehenge’," 9 Sep. 2019 And in Indonesia, on the island of Sumba, people still build tombs with massive megaliths that take teams of a few hundred people to pull to the gravesite on wooden sledges. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Did Stonehenge builders use pig grease to help slide megaliths into place?," 5 Aug. 2019 Ancient people may have used pig fat to build Stonehenge The 30-ton megaliths that make up Stonehenge in the United Kingdom might have been moved using more than just elbow grease. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: How pig fat built Stonehenge, inherited trauma, and an international Ebola emergency," 19 July 2019 The megaliths that make up the prehistoric monument weigh between 2 and 30 tons and had to be moved as many as 150 miles to their current site. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Did Stonehenge’s Builders Use Lard to Move Its Boulders Into Place?," 17 July 2019 Stonehenge is comprised of megaliths weighing up to 30 tons transported from a site about 30 kilometers to the north, and smaller bluestones from about 140 kilometers away in the Preseli Hills in modern Wales. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Ancient people may have used pig fat to build Stonehenge," 15 July 2019 These massive megaliths are estimated to be some 5,500 years old, making them the oldest site on this list. National Geographic, "Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland," 8 Apr. 2019 Inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1986, the ancient megaliths of Stonehenge and Avebury reveal the sophisticated engineering skills and mysterious ritual beliefs of Britain’s Neolithic and Bronze Age peoples. National Geographic, "Why summer solstice is one of the best times to see Stonehenge," 6 June 2019

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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: a very large stone used in ancient cultures as a monument or part of a building

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