Megalithic tombs and associated monumental structures are sometimes interpreted as observatories through which to chart the movement of celestial objects. Stonehenge was even interpreted as a computer for the prediction of solar and lunar eclipses. The reality is probably more straightforward. In some cases the architecture of specific monuments embodies a cosmological scheme such as the passage of the sun across the heavens reflecting the passage of life itself. In other cases alignments and orientations mark key moments in the ritual calendar...
To the south of Oldenburg lies the district capital of Wildeshausen – famous for its St. Alexander church built in the 9th century and containing the relics of Saint Alexander of Rome. Equally well known are the numerous remains of megalithic culture in the surrounding environment, namely the nature park Wildeshausen Geest...
The origin of the Association for “Megalithic Routes” is the “Straße der Megalithkultur”, a tourist holiday route in northwest Germany. It was launched in 2006 by a group of tourism experts, archaeologists, astronomers, and historians with the aim of introducing the 5000 year-old “Hünengräber” (megalithic graves) as a new trademark of the regions Osnabrück Land, Emsland, and Wildeshausen Geest. In each of these regions there are centres with an accumulation of megalithic burials...
The origin of the term "Hünengrab", which is still common in northwest Germany today, probably lies in the Emsland region because this is the home of the famous Universalist Johan Picardt. In 1660 he published his theses of the "cruel and bar-baric giants, Hünen or collossi" as the builders of the megalithic graves. But some courageous people who armed themselves with heavy wooden clubs had managed to put these tyrants to flight...
The aim of the conference "Early Monumentality and Social Diferentiation in Neolithic Europe: Megaliths, Societies, Landscapes" is to gather experts in research on megalithic and monumental structures and the societies that built them to communicate and discuss the results of the Priority Programme on an international level. Therefore, we have invited scientists from all over Europe to participate in order to improve our knowledge about the early prehistoric monuments and their backgrounds in Northern and Western Europe. We are especially pleased that the conference will simultaneously be a meeting of the European Megalithic Studies Group. We are looking forward to ive days of intense discussion and knowledge production in the ield of megaliths, societies and landscapes in Neolithic Europe.
At the occasion of the Summer Seminar of the Cultural Routes which took place from 1st to 5th June 2015 in Osnabrück, Germany, the European Institute of Cultural Routes presented its new communication campaign on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest): #RouteSelfie.
The Institute, through the Hector Project, brings out a new action in order to improve the promotion of European Cultural Heritage among the general public. After Crossing Routes and its bloggers’ network in 2014, the Institute would like to offer a new communication tool to the Cultural routes by using social Media. This new communication campaign, “#RouteSelfie”, will last from June to 1st September 2015 and will be officially launch on Wednesday 10th June 2015.
The campaign’s principle is to invite travellers, tourists, bloggers, to discover Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and to share their touristic and cultural experience through Selfies posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. All publications related to the campaign on social Media will be identifying by the hashtag #RouteSelfie.
The aims of the campaign are numerous:
• Identify the public and attract more visitors and different targets on Council of Europe Cultural Routes;
• Promote European Heritages especially those includes in Cultural Routes;
• Improve communication with general public about activities developed by Cultural Routes Networks;
• Create a community of travellers and visitors from the whole world who could share impressions, discoveries and experiences about European Cultural Routes;
• Bring European Citizens together around their common Heritage.
The Commission for Westphalian Antiquities was founded in 1897 to research archaeological themes in Westphalia.
The main areas of research are ringforts and other fortifications from the Bronze Age to medieval times, historical routes and – since 2014 – megaliths. The Commission for Westphalian Antiquities seeks to communicate scientific knowledge to the public by pointing out archaeological landmarks. Best examples are the Westphalian Ways of St. James, which have been reconstructed and signposted.
The Archaeological Working Group for the District and Town of Osnabrück was founded in 1972 as an interest group of amateur archaeologists. The intention was to enable voluntary cooperation in the research and preservation of archaeological monuments and find spots in the Osnabrück town and district and support the work of official departments. Until 1980 a number of important excavation projects were conducted by the Osnabrück town and district archaeological department with the major participation of members of the Archaeological Working Group.
The town and district archaeological department was set up in 1975 for the research and protection of archaeological monuments in the district and town of Osnabrück and is thus one of the oldest institutions of its kind in Lower Saxony. Among the most important projects have been the archaeological research on the megalithic culture, burial customs from the Bronze to the Iron Ages, the spread of Celtic culture, Roman-Germanic military conflicts, the early medieval sacred architecture and on settlement landscape and the castles and urban centres of the High Middle Ages.
... This event has been organized as one of the highlights of the anniversary year of Kiel University: On May 14th, students and teachers will construct a megalithic stone tomb near the main lecture hall building. In the process, the stones weighing tons will only be moved and put in place with muscle power and simple tools as implemented in the Stone Age, when hundreds of such monuments were constructed in Schleswig-Holstein. The megalithic tomb Wangels LA69 in Ostholstein, which has been excavated by archaeologists in recent years, serves as a model for the joint project of the Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology, the Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes and the DFG Priority Programme Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation.
Visitors to the event are also welcomed to take part in a diverse programme. At 14:00 hrs, an oxcart loaded with flint, which began in the morning at the barrow cemetery in Flintbek, will arrive at Christian-Albrechts-Platz. Members of the Archaeological-Ecological Center in Albersdorf will introduce old techniques of grain and flint processing as well as archery and weaving on a warp-weighted loom and the Graduate School will present displayed objects from the exhibition “Manipulated Landscapes”. Posters in Audimax inform guests about the eating habits of our Neolithic ancestors. At 19:00 hrs, a joint lecture will offer insights on the culture associated with the megalithic monuments. Admission to the entire event is free of charge.