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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.
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.
Use the monument in whatever way you choose, for
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.
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.