Historical and ethnographic heritage – part of the sustainable
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MIS-ETC Code: 829



Megaliths Museum


GPS (47.193241119385; 25.253946304321)
district Suceava
region Şaru Dornei
locality Gura Haitii
category Museums, including the house museums
year 1990


The megaliths, funerary or religious monuments of prehistoric civilization (Neolithic and the early bronze age) are met almost everywhere in the world. Thanks to that, it was natural that this type of carved blocks wearing inscriptions to be also found in the Carpathians. This can be linked also to the fact that Dacian fortresses can be particularly found in the Mountains. The megaliths found in Gura Haitii were discovered in July 5, 1987, by Claudiu Pața, son of Vasile Pața with whom he had left to pick forest strawberries on Paltinu Valley. Almost 400m away from the confluence with the river Haita they discovered a block on which they noticed a circle containing circular ”lines”, slit on its surface, and in close proximity a second clock more simpler, with no engravings. The megalith has obvious signs of processing, highlighted by the detachment of the two sholders on the engraved parts. Also, the trace of the cutting channel can be seen, as well as the proof of the detachment of the part being cut. Engravings are made on an andesite block with augite and hypersthene, coloured in red, being very deeply cut, probably with a metal tool. On the main side of the megalith there are circles with point, circles with rays, concentric circles, circles having semi-circles inside. The largest circle has almost 21,5cm in diameter, and its rays are arranged at equal distance. From the circumference of the circle starts another incision in shape of a spoon. Above the big circle there is also another representation created by two concentric circles. Probably, the engravings appearing on the main front are subordinated to the cult of the sun. The other block with regulated shape can be used to support the plate of a dolmen. The beauty of this kind of pieces is appreciated because they represent elements proving the existence of ancient civilizations on these marvellous places.