We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Monolith?

Mary McMahon
By
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
CulturalWorld.org is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At CulturalWorld.org, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The term “monolith” is used in a number of ways. Basically, a monolith is a really big stone, and there are both natural monoliths, like Uluru in Australia, and artificial monoliths, such as the standing stones at Stonehenge. Technically, of course, the standing stones are of natural origin, but they were shaped and moved by people. Some people prefer the term “megalith” in reference to architectural and sculptural monoliths, differentiating the results of natural processes from the results of human intervention.

This word comes from the Greek, and it literally means “single stone.” When people refer to something as a monolith, they mean that it is extremely large, solid, and generally immovable. Some mountains are referred to as monoliths, along with geological features such as huge veins of rock exposed by erosion. Natural monoliths have long been a topic of interest for humans, since their huge size can be very imposing and formidable.

Some notable natural monoliths include: El Capitan, Zuma Rock, the Rock of Gibraltar, Savandurga, and the Towers of Paine. Many of these natural monoliths have eroded into interesting and fanciful shapes which have sometimes inspired myths and legends, like the Old Man of the Mountain in New Hampshire.

Humans have historically utilized monoliths in construction and sculpture, creating epic monuments which are testimonials to complex cultures. Megaliths have been carved into complex and astounding sculptures, used as supporting architectural features in tombs, temples, and palaces, and sometimes carved in situ, as is the case with Mount Rushmore. The amount of work involved in the construction of a megalith is considerable, involving advanced technology and huge amounts of work, and many people have speculated about famous mysterious megaliths, such as the huge figures on Easter Island.

The use of large stones in art and architecture is so widespread that you can probably find a megalith relatively nearby, if you do a bit of hunting. Obelisks, for example, are common form of megalith used to mark important sites and to commemorate remarkable people and events, and they are found in many communities.

Because a monolith generally inspires awe, some people also use the term more generally to talk about something or someone astounding, which is why you may hear someone referred to as “a monolith of such and such an industry,” or to a distinctive building as a monolith.

CulturalWorld.org is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a CulturalWorld.org researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
By anon40441 — On Aug 08, 2009

Named after the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey."

By anon18648 — On Sep 27, 2008

In games like Sim Earth and the (slightly :P ) newer game Spore, there is an object titled "Monolith," which you can place on a planet to promote evolutionary growth. Is there any reason they chose a monolith for this tool's title? Just curious as to how they came to the idea of Monolith = Increase in evolutionary development.

By anon18131 — On Sep 15, 2008

thanks i needed to find this out for school

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
CulturalWorld.org, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

CulturalWorld.org, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.