The word megalith has stemmed from the merger of two Greek terms of "mega" meaning large and "lithic" signifying stone.

Presently the megalithic tribes of India use various structures of stone as burials or memorials of the dead. However in the past megaliths were not only sepulchral/funerary structures but were also used both as memorials of the dead and to commemorate various events of the family and that of the community. Megaliths were found even to be used as boundary markers and also as astronomical structures.

MENHIRS. CHATRA

MENHIRS. CHATRA


Each passing day numerous ancient megaliths get destroyed in India and we have no record of this disaster. It is sad that no government agencies like the ASI, the State Archaeological Depts and the District Administrations demonstrate any interest in their protection perhaps for their tribal origin and also possibly because megaliths to them do not appear to be significant relics of our land.

In actuality prehistoric megaliths are a significant source of our ancient history and their preservation is imperative as these monuments are evidences that India was indeed a land of the tribals in hoary times. A few of them however suggests that astronomy and geometry was known to the megalithic tribals millennias prior to the emergence of the Brahmanical astronomer/mathematicians. Obliteration of prehistoric megaliths is bound to erase this verity.

To view a few photographs of megaliths of India visit:

http://www.megalithsindia.in/2010/11/images-of-megaliths.html

The photographs and essays from this website may be used for research purposes giving credit to it.

Come let’s celebrate megaliths…

HISTORY BOOKS OF JHARKHAND WILL NOW TEACH MY RESEARCH ON MEGALITHS FROM THIS YEAR...now this is some news !!!

UMBRELLA STONES OR KUDAKALLU

UMBRELLA STONES OR KUDAKALLU
KERALA

Saturday, 28 July 2018

My latest book THE ARCHAEOASTRONOMY OF A FEW MEGALITHIC SITES IN JHARKHAND

The cover of my latest book THE ARCHAEOASTRONOMY OF A FEW MEGALITHIC SITES IN JHARKHAND.

My latest book THE ARCHAEOASTRONOMY OF A FEW MEGALITHIC SITES IN JHARKHAND published by Niyogi Books New Delhi has been released in the International Book Fair in New Delhi in the month of January of 2018. 


The book as such is not specifically on archaeology of the megalithic sites but on their archaeoastronomy. Although archaeology of the sites is indeed dealt in it, the book cites 6 amazing megalithic sites (of which four having discovered by me) constructed by the ancient adivasis with basic mathematics and observational astronomy. 

The book mentions the finds of various pottery, stone tools and other grave yields from the sites. But the book prominently deals with the stunning mathematics and astronomy which the ancients used to create these amazing megalithic sites some time in prehistory.
This being the first ever book on megalithic archaeoastronomy it is cogently written and comprises of stunning photographs and sketches of the positioning of the stones within the megalithic complexes.
       
Two of India's leading newspapers THE HINDU and the BUSINESS STANDARD has reviewed the book and have found it to be amazing. The links to the reviews are as under:


https://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/the-archaeoastronomy-of-a-few-megalithic-sites-of-jharkhand-review-fragments-of-memory/article22918219.ece
                                                                   &
https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/unspoken-wisdom-that-only-megaliths-can-impart-book-review-118050500196_1.html


The book is available in lot many bookstores and also on-line as in Amazon etc.


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