Sunday, March 21, 2004

Cup Marks on Megaliths in Korea - LexiLine Journal 264

I have found a very interesting and significant article on the Korean Dolmens:

The article is entitled Astronomical Aspects Of Dolmens In Korea and is an article by Professor Changbom Park (Seoul National University, Korea) and Hong-Jin Yang (Kyungbook National University, Korea) published at the World Archaeological Congress, Recent Developments In Korean Archaeology. A Commemoration Of The 10th Memorial Anniversary Of Dr. Kim Won Yong. Washington, D.C. June, 2003. For that article Park and Yang write an abstract as follows:

"We have surveyed about 530 dolmens distributed in various provinces in South Korea. Many of the dolmens surveyed are those who have been reported to have cup marks in previous survey reports. About 110 dolmens among them are actually found to have cup marks. We have inspected them to measure the astronomical directions of the cup marks on the cover stone and the long axes of cover stones. Also inspected are the pattern of the cup mark distribution.

It has been found that the cup marks in the Gyung-Sang (south-east) province tend to be engraved in the south-east section of the cover stone. A Monte-Carlo simulation indicates that this tendency is not an accident but a statistically significant one. We have also found many interesting patterns of cup marks that can be related with constellations. The clearest cases are the Ursa Major, and the Pleiades cluster also appears occasionally."

I have added this material to the front page of the megalithic site discussion of Korea at at

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