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To specify an archaeological site as a minilith - small stones that have been used to construct an alignment (also known as a setting). Edit or translate this description.
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Group: Historic
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: in use


The tag site_type=minilith specifies an archaeological site as an alignment (setting) of small stones (miniliths).

A minilith is a small stone that has been used to construct an alignment (also known as a setting). Component stones are typically 20cm high or less. The size at which a stone is classified as a minilith rather than a megalith is not well defined.

Many miniliths have been found on Exmoor in the UK. The term "minilithic" was coined by  Aubrey Burl.

How to map

Set a node node or draw as an area area along the outline.

Tag it with:

Tags to use in combination

  • wikipedia=* - a link to Wikipedia's article
  • wikidata=* - an ID of the specific Wikidata item
  • historic:civilization=* (or more precise subtags) - the civilization (culture) that originally created the feature
  • historic:period=* - the historical period in which the feature was created.
  • tourism=attraction - if the minilith is a tourist attraction.
  • heritage=* - the minilith is registered by an official heritage organisation.