On a gentle slope are scores of dolmens (megalithic tombs) resembling houses of cards—if playing cards were slabs of granite 10 feet tall and weighed 10 tons or more. The monuments were built over more than 1,000 years spanning the southern Indian Iron Age (1200-500 B.C.) and Early Historic (500 B.C.-A.D. 500) periods, and there are more than 1,000 of them across nearly 50 acres, from modest rock enclosures to mausoleum-like tombs.
There, hundreds of megaliths are found near a broad, shallow water basin that likely began as a ‘‘natural’’ rock pool and was subsequently expanded by quarrying activities for the construction of monuments
Originally posted by wylekat
It honestly looks like Bedrock from the Flintstones. I wonder if the person who came up with the designs didn't visit there....
Originally posted by icepack
very nice report, never seen these monuments before.
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
It does resemble a community of some sort, and I don't get the impression they were burial grounds.
Originally posted by Grey Magic
The remind me a bit of the formations we have here in he Netherlands.
Originally posted by harrytuttle
How much money would it take for you to sleep under one of those for a night?
I guess if they've been around for hundreds of years (thousands?) and haven't fallen down yet, they'll probably be safe for a while longer, but still.
If you chose the wrong hut, you get squished like a grape.
Originally posted by Sheol
(Also called Muniyaras), These dolmenoid cists belong to the Megalithic age. These dolmenoids were burial chambers made of four stones placed on edge and covered by a fifth stone called the cap stone. Some of these Dolmenoids contain several burial chambers, while others have a quadrangle scooped out in laterite and lined on the sides with granite slabs. These are also covered with cap stones. Dozens of Dolmens around the area of old Siva temple (Thenkasinathan Temple) at Kovilkadavu on the banks of the River Pambar, and rock paintings on the south-western slope of the plateau overlooking the river have attracted visitors. Apart from the dolmens of Stone Age, several dolmens of Iron Age exist in this region especially on the left side of river Pambar as is evident from the usage of neatly dressed granite slabs for the dolmens. At least one of them has a perfectly circular hole of 28 cm diameter inside the underground chamber. This region has several types of dolmens. Large number of them are overground with about 70–90 cm height. Another type has a height 140–170 cm. There is an overground dolmen with double length up to 350 cm. Fragments of burial urns are also available in the region near the dolmens. This indicate that the dolmens with 70–90 cm height was used for burial of the remains of people of high social status. Burial urns were used for the burial of the remains of commoners. The dolmens with raised roof might have been used for habitation of people. Why some people lived in the cemeteries has not been satisfactorily explained.
Dolmen field on a hill Moreramani near the village Moreratatti, in Karnataka, India.
There are about 100 Dolmens, the older ones built from a wall of stones and a big slab of granite (dayorit) on top, the newer ones built from big slabs, some of them have a soul hole. Some Menhirs still standing, but most on the ground.
A big dolmen with four petroglyphs that portray men with tridents and a wheel with spokes has been found at Kollur, near Tirukoilur, 35 km from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu. ......“Hundreds of megalithic dolmens were once found in Tamil Nadu. Urban development and extension of agricultural land led to locals smashing them up or carting away the granite slabs for use in their houses. The Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department must make a survey of the surviving dolmens, and it should fence them. For these sites are directly connected with the pre-Sangam or Sangam age culture of Tamil Nadu,” Mr. Gandhirajan said.
Originally posted by coredrill
Starred & Flagged!!
I am from India. In fact, from kerala, which is neighbouring Karnataka, in which Hire Benekal is situated.
I didnt know about this one till now!! (slams my head against a post!!)
There are quite a lot of Dolmens all over India.
Some are in my own State, Kerala.
Originally posted by chaosinorder
Nice post. I'm from South India too. I havent seen this place. Nice find. S&F
Originally posted by Ansuzrune
Nice post. I have heard from David Wilcock in one of his videos that Dolmens were use for meditation. It is believed that it increases frequency
similar to an antena for meditative purposes.
Originally posted by tomdham
reply to post by kiwifoot
Great find kiwi, as usual!!!
When I saw the first photo I thought it was a bunch of empty cable reels.
Obviously they are not. If this is a graveyard why haven't any remains been found? Maybe they are deep underground below the shelters.
Thanks, S&F and 73's,
Originally posted by reject
reply to post by Grey Magic
maybe that structure gave rise to the legends of the round table
or it could be a stone age attempt to recreate a flying saucer