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The Charter of Responsible Megalithic Webmasters

Some of the megalithic sites represented in this website are older than 5000 years, their remaining until the 21st century is remarkable.

Although this website highlights many megalithic sites, the author recognizes (like many others) the duty of care for the remaining megalithic sites. Therefore a charter is made and agreed by many webmasters, a charter that gives considerations for visitors of old monuments.

The megalithic monuments are our common heritage; with your support we hope they will survive so our descendants will also able to enjoy them during the next 5000 years... 

(Charter: below on this page)


Consequences of mal behaviour

In 2011 people made fire in "Hunebed D45" in Emmen (Drenthe, Netherlands). The big capstone broke. A lot of genius and energy was needed to restore the stone. Following pictures show the replacing of the capstone and the glued fracture line.

D45 - Replacing of the restored stone (Picture detail info panel D45)
D45 - Replacing of the restored stone (Picture detail info panel D45)

The stone was glued with silicones
The stone was glued with silicones

D45 - Nice? (garbage)
D45 - Nice? (Garbage)


The Charter of Responsible Megalithic Webmasters:

We, as webmasters of sites dealing with megalithic remains in the British Isles and northern Europe, would be saddened if the coverage given to megaliths on our pages led to their alteration, damage or destruction. We therefore suggest to the readers of our pages the following guidelines, to be observed when visiting any of these monuments.
Get permission to visit monuments on private land. Permission is usually granted if asked for, but repeated trespass could lead to access being denied to all of us, and prosecution of the trespasser. Remember, the right to roam extends only to roaming so you need additional permission to leave stuff, which in most cases won’t be granted. Don’t bother asking English Heritage, for example, as they’ve already said no. 
Treat the countryside around the monument with care. Irresponsible behaviour on either public or private land could lead to access restrictions, or complete denial of access to the monument such as is the case at Stonehenge most of the time.

Grid surrounding Stonehenge
Grid surrounding Stonehenge

No valuable objects are likely to exist at, in or under the monuments. Do not dig or disturb the site in any way.
Any discovery made at a monument should be reported to the local museum. Every clue that aids in the understanding of these places can then be shared by all who wish to know.

Use the monument in whatever way you choose, for 
· sightseeing 
· scientific investigation 
· experiential satisfaction 
· religious practices

But do not move, mark or alter the monument in any way, even temporarily. This specifically includes moving or re-arranging stones, digging in or around the site or hiding caches within the immediate environs of the site. Also do not use metal detectors, leave things behind in fields full of livestock, burn candles or nightlights anywhere near the stones or daub paint anywhere.
Much damage is done accidentally by people who mean no harm. Think twice, and don't do anything which would cause degradation to the monument such as climbing on it or lighting fires nearby.

Lichen on a megalith
Don't harm the lichen some are very rare

Through adherence to these simple guidelines we hope that the stones which have survived the countless centuries to remain to us now, will not fall victim to the generations of the 21st century. We who are the most knowledgable and capable of people are thereby mandated to be the most responsible.

Andy Burnham - Megalithic Portal / Megalithic Mysteries.
Alligator Descartes - Symbolstone
Alastair McIvor - Derbyshire Stone Circles.
Chris Tweed - Ancient Sites Directory.
Sam Fleming -
Tom Fourwinds -
and many others...


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