The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
DOLMEN. A megalithic structure, a stone chamber created by the erection of two or more massive vertical “wall” stones roofed by one or more equally massive “roof” stones. Similar structures in W Europe are known as cromlechs. The typical dolmen in biblical lands is rectangular, and the narrower chamber-closing
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dolmens dōlʹmenz. Boxlike burial structures made of slabs of stone. The simplest form is shaped like the Greek letter π, and has a single chamber, but dolmens with two chambers are also found. According to one theory, they were originally covered with a mound of dirt; but this cannot be proven.Dolmens
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
DOLMENS. Ancient hut-like structures with walls built of large vertical slabs of stone, usually with a single massive horizontal roof stone, weighing several hundred pounds each. They are found in many parts of the E Hemisphere, from W Europe through N Africa and Malta to S Russia and SW Asia. In Palestine
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
DOLMEN Meaning ‘stone table’ in Breton (dol, ‘table’, plus men, ‘stone’), this is a prehistoric megalithicfunerary monument made of one or more blocks of stone placed horizontally over a few vertical ones to form a table-like structure, sometimes surrounded by one or two circles of smaller stones. Monuments
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
DOLMENS dol´muhn. Dolmens are prehistoric megalithic funerary structures, made up of very large, broad, flat slabs of unworked stone laid horizontally over wide vertical slabs of unworked stone, to form a structure in the shape of a large table. Thus the name “dolmen” comes from the Old Breton words
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