· What is the coverage of the Megalithic Portal?
The Portal's coverage may well change in the future, but its current range and scope is summarised below:
British and Irish Sites
Basically, we attempt to cover in depth all of the prehistoric sites in Britain and Ireland. Some later sites, including pre-Norman crosses, brochs, Pictish stone slabs as well as ancient sacred springs and holy wells are also included. These will all have main site entries and will be shown on the megalithic map by green or red symbols. You will need to look at the close-up maps to see these. Sites that we have no photographs of are shown green. As soon as we receive the first photograph of a site, the site entry is changed from a Text Page to a Photo Page. Then the symbol will show red on the close up maps. Photo captions should give information about the subject shown in the photograph. Fuller information including locations, access and nearest towns etc. will be found on the main sites. The Portal gives access to an enormous amount of information via the coloured icons on each site page - old and modern maps, aerial photos etc. etc. Just go and see what is available by clicking on any or all of the icons.
We now Dark Age sites and a few Roman sites, but nothing later than the Norman Conquest. This means that medieval carvings of sheela-na-gigs, green men, fonts, churches, castles and market crosses are beyond our remit. The one exception is that of well houses. These are always medieval or later, but the wells themselves are invariably much older and impossible in most cases to date.
Modern Stone Circles and Monoliths
Just to make things more complicated: We do welcome site entries for modern and 'tribute' stone circles and monoliths, ie those created more recently than true prehistoric ones. This is partly to explain and date sites that can be confused with true ancient sites and partly as a bit of fun and to appreciate the architecture of these sites. Standing stones and circles are still being built and we are always keen to see modern examples from all over the world.
We welcome contributions of Site Entries for Museums worldwide where significant prehistoric artifacts are on show.
Sites outside the UK are now a major part of the content of the Megalithic Portal and we aim to get to the same level of detail as per the British sites. We need more of these and in particular, we need people with photographs and the knowledge to guide us to these places. Browse through the Gallery to see what we have at present - Germany, the USA, France, Japan, Easter Island, Malta & Gozo, Sweden, Spain and Portugal and many more.
Coverage of sites is mainly prehistoric, but we also include a examples of sites from the historic periods of countries such as Egypt and Greece because of the extreme antiquity of the beginnings of their historical records, ie where it is likely that a site or location was originally founded back in prehistory. Also it is useful sometimes to compare what was being built in Britain in 3,000 BC with what was going on elsewhere.
Generally, anything else not mentioned above won't have a Site Entry and don't appear on the Megalithic Map. Nevertheless, we do like to showcase the very best landscape photographs and pictures of historic buildings so please send these in if you have particularly good examples to share.
Special events such as solstice celebrations and organised field trips are covered and we always like to see portraits of our contributors. We also have an Art Gallery but artistic interpretations of sites are not linked to the main site pages.
The Portal will continue to change and expand. We are always receptive to new ideas and improvements. Make your views known by attaching comments to photographs and articles and by going to the forums or chat rooms. Click on the name of a guide and you can email questions and comments