thank you very much for responding to my message
I am a student achaeology ... don't know the correct terminology in english,
but I just started my third year.
I am trying to write my dissertation on the subject 're-use of megalithic
the references you gave me are very usefull, thank you very much.
I am indeed still looking for examples from the Iberian peninsula, and I think
they'll be very interesting since I have been excavating in Portugal this
summer. So I'll certainly will try to get hold of 'Neolitizacâo e Megalitismo
da Peninsula Ibérica. Actas do III Congresso de Arqueologia Peninsular' in the
libraries of university.
thanks again for your response
Liesbeth Van Camp
Aanhalen Marcos Martinon-Torres <[log in to unmask]>:
> Dear Liesbeth,
> The study of life-histories of megaliths is now emerging as a whole
> field and there are several publications that address this topic.
> This is the web page of Cornelius Holtorf, who studied life-
> histories of megaliths in a very interesting way. You can find a lot
> references there. Besides, there is one issue of the journal World
> Arachaeology (30/1, 1998) devoted to 'The reuse of Ancient Monuments'.
> As you will see, Holtorf deals with reuses, reinterpretations,
> reconstructions... from the beginnings until the present day,
> archaeological research as one part of the life-histories of megaliths
> instance, he is himself excavating a megalith in Portugal and he
> and labelled some cigarette ends because they were on the megalith:
> megalith had ben reused as a 'pleasant place to smoke a cigarette').
> The history of a megalith reused by the Romans is in R. Bradley, 2000,
> 'Vera Collum and the excavation of a Roman megalithic tomb', in
> 74(2000), 39-43. Also in former books by Bradley you will find the topic
> what he calls the "afterlife" of megaliths.
> Another megalith reused by the Romans was published by Caamaño and
> Criado (1992-3) in Cuadernos de Estudios Gallegos.
> In Southern Portugal there are two very interesting dolmens that were
> transformed into christian chapels (Dolmen de Pavia and Dolmen de
> Maria de Alcobertas) You can see photos in these links:
> I dealt with the later histories of megaliths in NW Iberia in detail,
> coverning from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Particularly, how
> they were used as landmarks in the Middle Ages (very very often - there
> hundreds of references from medieval documents), how they were used as
> 'gold sources' (there is a judicial review from the 17th-c referring to
> a huge
> trial that involved thousands of people about the destruction of
> hundreds of
> megaliths by Galician peasants, in search of treasures. The trial
> because the gold in the mounds was meant to belong to the king) Then
> are also used as sources of stone for buildings, some are
> 'christianised' by
> erecting crosses on them and, since the Enlightenment, in the 18th-c,
> some people start to fight superstition and to consider megaliths as
> sources of information
> about the past, which is the attitude still held today.
> You can find the results of this research in some recent publications:
> Martinon-Torres, M, 2001. Los monumentos megaliticos despues del
> megalitismo. Valga (Pontevedra, Spain): Concello de Valga.
> Here and in Holtorf´s web site you will find more references.
> Martinon-Torres, M. 2001. Los megalitos de termino. Cronica del valor
> territorial de los monumentos megaliticos a partir de las fuentes
> Trabajos de Prehistoria, 58(1)
> Martinon-Torres, M, and Rodriguez Casal, AA, 2000. Aspectos
> historiograficos del megalitismo gallego: de la documentacion medieval
> siglo XIX, in V. Oliveira Jorge (dir), (Vila Real,
> Portugal, September 1999), vol. III, pp. 303-319. Porto: ADECAP
> Another paper in English is forthcoming in the Proceedings of the last
> congress of the UISPP in Liege (September 2001).
> Hope this helps.
> Marcos Martinón-Torres
> PhD student
> Institute of Archaeology
> University College London
> 31-34 Gordon Square
> WC1H 0PY London
> United Kingdom
> > From: <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Friday, October 12, 2001 4:43 PM
> > Subject: re-use of megalithic monuments after the neolithic
> > > dear all,
> > >
> > > I am in search of examples of re-use of megalithic monuments after
> > > neolithic . I know of a few examples in Britanny, France who have
> > > christianized. And of a few examples in UK (rudston, midmar,
> > Can
> > > anyone recommed further reading, or inform me of other sites (both
> > and
> > > medieval)?
> > >
> > > much obliged,
> > >
> > > Liesbeth Van Camp,
> > > Student archaeology KULeuven
> > >