Dolmen — Thoughts on Megaliths

Charles Lincon
3 min readJan 29, 2021

It’s something that inspires imagination. I recently came across some Dolmen and ended up looking into them on Wikipedia. I shared the Wikipedia link with a friend and I ended up engaging in an interesting discussion with him.

The following are mostly questions I would ask about Dolmen. They are in large part extracted from my responses. But I did not put my friend’s responses nor any identifying information. Just a general inquiry.

What do you think about these Neolithic megaliths? What do you think that they represent and why they are all over Europe as well as why as they were able to be built at those times?

  • What do you think is the cause of these being built? Do you think that they served as governmental or religious monuments?
  • Why do you think the culture was so widespread in a time of technology not being as strong?
  • Why did the cultures later diverge?
  • Why do you think megaliths are no longer cool cultural options?
  • What do you think is the cause of cultural diffusion?
  • Why do you think that they lump them all into one common designation?
  • You say it was pre-Indo European but was it pre-Proto Indo European?

Do you think that there is a difference between the religious, symbolic, ceremonial, mystic, and afterlife, burying of the dead compared to those buildings occupying by use through government officials. I mean historically and from a holistic perspective do you think that there’s a difference? I think it something to be considered that there might not be a difference between the Jungian functions of these realms? Why did they divide to begin with?

What do you think that historians and archaeologists in the field don’t have a strong idea about how things went on in these times and how they were built?

Do you think it’s reasonable to expect that buildings built in our own time maybe you subsequently by people in different times for different reasons? I mean it could happen decade to get decade and we certainly see that in our own time. Do you think that the Celtic druids had a psychological sense that was similar from a holistic Jungian and psychological and philosophical framework? Do you think that that might be the case?

What do you think is the cause mysticism and esotericism in general? My esotericism I do not mean generally the Straussian idea that meaning is hidden in texts.

Yes I believe that’s correct about the stones coming from Wells. When I went over to Stonehenge I actually purchased some stones that were from Wells and they are very special possessions in some sense of the word. What do you think is the impetus to cause exertion to get things done in general? Perhaps I could answer what the motivation would’ve been to exert so much of her in terms of creating Stonehenge. Do you think that that is reasonable? Do we even know who eventually ended up creating the pyramids and the Egyptian pyramids? Perhaps there is an overlying idea that crosses all cultures for them building these types of massive monuments and it comes from perhaps a psychoanalytic framework or perhaps it comes from an anthropological standpoint. What do you think?

I’m not sure of whether or not there’s an over arching religious theme or identity of some kind. But it would lend itself to be considered that there would actually be an overlying an over arching theme of some sort I don’t know if it’s religious or political or perhaps it’s just what’s doable within the technological means at the time. What do you think it means when people say that like things could’ve been done with the technology that existed in the past up until the 1900s but somehow they did these buildings and created them?

© Charles Edward Andrew Lincoln IV

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Charles Lincon

Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, Hegelian dialectics, Attic Greek, masters University of Amsterdam.