Wednesday, June 12, 2024

SearchResearch Challenge (6/12/24): Timeline of megalithic monuments?

Big blocks of stone shaped into monuments fascinate me... 
Chichén Itzá  P/C by Wikimedia

... and I've always been impressed by the various megalithic monuments that people have built around the world.  In the image above, a pyramid was built by the Mayan peoples around 600 AD.  Also in Mexico is Monte Albán, a city in stone near Oaxaca.  

But there are massive stone monuments all around the world--the pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge, Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, the moai of Easter Island, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (in Xian), and the Serpent Mound in Ohio.  It's fairly easy to find these monuments, but harder to understand how they relate to each other in time.  

Back in 2015, we answered this question (how to make timelines), but it's been 9 years, and one of our favorite solutions (Google Fusion Tables) is long gone.  So.. how would one do this now?  Things have changed!  Is it easier, or harder to do this now?  

1.  What is the current best solution for creating a visual timeline of various historic events?  Can you create  timeline that shows each of these monuments over time?  The list: Chichén Itzá, Monte Albán, Stonehenge, Göbekli Tepe, the moai of Easter Island, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, and the Serpent Mound in Ohio.  

As always, let us know how you found your timeline tool.  And if you can, please post your timeline into this shared doc.  

Keep searching! 


  1. I started with [how to make Timeline now that Google fusion tables are gone]

    That gives us some alternatives to Google Fusion. Also a YouTube video on How to create a timeline with Google Spreadsheet. I don't know if it works for everyone today. She mentioned it wasn't when she made the video.

    I'll try that. And from there moving forward

    1. I added my timeline in the shared document. I hope it works well because always images and text with them moving makes me suffer

    2. With [list of megalithic by date]

      Various results to read. The next one offers a timeline. They added Olmec Head and Aztec Sun

  2. wandering… & passing on the doc, sorry. Ebola?
    would start somewhere like here to get a handle on examples & terminology:
    then search:
    [tools for creating historic timelines]

    not giant construction stones, but among giant stones…
    worth a look: (time remains fuzzy)

    1. Loved that last video. He's a crazy climber, but finds astounding stuff. Thanks.

  3. suspect an approach might be found in these?:
    used [how to do a timeline with google gemini workspaces]
    but I remain AI-phobic & probably need a hardware upgrade…
    tried an old approach (megatechlithic), used [dates of megalithic structures around the world]

    1. by weight -
      a collection -

    2. some details…
      T-shaped pillars -- Gobekli Tepe
      deep bas-relief carving, up to 10 metric tons, ~20 feet tall
      a visual tour
      Ian Hodder, Stanford
      talk @ Google -

    3. off topic- talks:
      69 languages, avg. age 24…
      a talk search:

    4. one more "rabbit hole(s)":

  4. from a rabbit hole - chilly Göbeklitepe - what is the deal with Switzerland?

    "Many websites are designed to keep users engaged. Websites which are most successful at keeping a user's attention are described as "rabbit holes". The term often has a positive connotation: falling down a rabbit hole often suggests that a person engaged in a guilty pleasure."
    recreational searching:

  5. a thing about timelines… overlap/duhlap/dewlap(lizards) -

    maybe Gobekli Tepe was a precursor to Columbia, Stanford,UCLA, et alia?? 2002/11,600 years ago (9,600 BC):
    "2002 | Priced at $149, REI’s Half Dome tent debuts as the first two-door, two-vestibule, two-person tent, and stakes our reputation as the leading tent brand."

  6. from the Doğuş Grubu:


  8. bing with chat GPT 4 (copilot)
    Certainly! Let’s explore the timelines for these fascinating historical sites
    Chichén Itzá:
    250 CE - 950 CE: The Classic Maya Period, during which Chichén Itzá reached its height as a Maya city alongside other great Mesoamerican cities like Palenque, Tikal, Copan, and Uxmal.
    c. 750 CE - c. 1200 CE: Chichén Itzá flourished in Yucatan, Mexico.
    c. 800 CE - c. 1000 CE: The first monumental building phase at Chichén Itzá.
    c. 1000 CE - c. 1200 CE: The second monumental building phase at Chichén Itzá.
    c. 1200 CE: Mayapan replaced Chichén Itzá as the regional capital12.
    Monte Albán:
    Monte Albán was the ancient Zapotec capital in the Oaxaca Valley of Mexico.
    Its timeline spans from around 500 BCE to 800 CE, with significant architectural and cultural developments.
    c. 3000 BCE - 2000 BCE: Construction of the first Stonehenge phase.
    c. 2000 BCE - 1600 BCE: The second phase, involving the rearrangement of stones.
    c. 1600 BCE - 1100 BCE: The third phase, with the addition of bluestones.
    c. 1100 BCE - 1600 CE: Various modifications and use as a ceremonial site.
    1600 CE onwards: Stonehenge’s significance continues to evolve3.
    Göbekli Tepe:
    c. 9600 BCE - 7300 BCE: Göbekli Tepe’s construction and use as a monumental sanctuary.
    It predates Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, making it one of the oldest known religious structures.
    Moai of Easter Island:
    c. 1250 CE - 1500 CE: The period when the moai were carved and erected on Easter Island.
    These massive stone statues represent ancestral figures and hold cultural significance.
    Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor:
    c. 246 BCE - 210 BCE: Construction of the mausoleum, which houses the famous Terracotta Army.
    The emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb is an architectural marvel.
    Serpent Mound in Ohio:
    c. 1000 CE - 1300 CE: The Serpent Mound’s creation by ancient indigenous peoples.
    It is a large effigy mound shaped like a serpent, located in Adams County, Ohio

    ask for images response:
    I can provide you with a brief description of these historical sites:

    Chichén Itzá: A large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilization located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. It features the iconic step pyramid known as El Castillo or the Temple of Kukulcan.
    Monte Albán: An ancient Zapotec city in the Oaxaca Valley of Mexico, known for its unique terraces, dams, canals, pyramids, and artificial mounds.
    Stonehenge: A prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, consisting of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weighing around 25 tons.
    Göbekli Tepe: An archaeological site in southeastern Turkey, considered to be the world’s oldest temple, dating back over 10,000 years.
    Moai of Easter Island: Monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island in eastern Polynesia between the years 1250 and 1500.
    Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor: Located in China, this mausoleum is famous for the Terracotta Army, a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.
    Serpent Mound: A prehistoric effigy mound in Ohio, USA, representing a snake with a curled tail, believed to have been constructed by the indigenous cultures of ancient America.
    Unfortunately, I can’t display images, but you can easily find them using a web search or by visiting image libraries like Getty Images. If you’re looking for specific images, I recommend using the search terms related to each site for the best results

  9. distantly related archaeology, west coast - off Cali
    may be of interest… another Russian influence operation?;^] -
    for real… no giant stones involved.

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  11. didn't they know about AI prompts? ;^\ (pillar 18)
    negative "T" shapes - connection? T pillar plug-in?

  12. I could be stoned for this… have rocks in my head for this search…
    • Baalbek Stones
    •The Western Stone
    •Greek and Roman monoliths
    •largest monoliths
    •Ashlar - WotD
    •Black Stone
    •Devil Stone
    •Giles Corey pressing stones
    •Levitated Mass
    •Oldest Stone - Bill Wyman notwithstanding

    1. "Oldest Stone" -- very funny! Thanks for the links to the Baalbek stones. New to me.

  13. a bit of GT news -
    paint -
    fertility figures? half a world & millenniums away… ~9:50 in

  14. finally, a timeline that seems to make some sense…

    when I searched my error -
    the moAI are in MS & LA?
    the bigger line -----