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Megalithic Routes – New Project in Schleswig-Holstein/Germany

  • Posted on: 17 September 2018
  • By: wortel
Großsteingrab in Dithmarschen

The Archaeological State Office Schleswig-Holstein and the Stone Age Park Dithmarschen have successfully sought to promote a new Megalithic Routes-Project for the further development of the European Route of Megalithic Culture in Schleswig-Holstein/Germany. The funding was provided by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the framework of the European heritage year 2018 SHARING HERITAGE. Further coordination takes place via the German National Committee for Monument Protection.

The general objective of the project is “to convey the Megalithic Culture as an indispensable part of our common European as well as our regional and local identity and history”. Among the numerous content blocks are media projects, information panels for the monument sites, public events, international youth exchange, deployment of new technical and scientific information, as well as an international conference about the history of the effectiveness of the megalithic buildings in Europe.

For more information about the overall project and the participating institutions, see: https://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Landesregierung/ALSH/Projekte/MegalithicRoutes/megalithicRoutes.html

Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein Osnabrück e.V.

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...

Natur- und Geopark TERRA.vita

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...

Emsland Tourismus GmbH

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...

Megalith Societies Landscapes. Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe.

  • Posted on: 24 June 2015
  • By: Megalithic Routes

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.

#RouteSelfie campaign

  • Posted on: 12 June 2015
  • By: Megalithic Routes

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.

Die Altertumskommission für Westfalen

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.

Archaeological Working Group for the District and Town of Osnabrück e.V.

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.