The oldest buildings of the world

Below is a list of the ten most ancient buildings in the world. Approximate date of emergence, which have been identified through radiocarbon analysis.

La-Hg-Bi (La Hougue Bie)

La-Hg-Bi — a historical monument, located in the district of Gruwell, on the island of Jersey. Is a corridor tomb with a length of 20 meters, built around 3,500 BC

Sechin Bajo (Sechin Bajo)

Sechin Bajo is an ancient stone platform located at the Andes foothills, 330 kilometers from Lima the capital of Peru. Find, Dating from about 3500 BC. was discovered by archaeologists from Germany and Peru in 2008. Is the oldest of all surviving anthropogenic buildings ever discovered in North and South America.


Listoghil is the large Central monument in the prehistoric sanctuary Carrowmore, which is located in County Sligo in Northern Ireland. Dates back to around 3500 BC.

West Kennet barrow (West Kennet Long Barrow)

West Kenneth barrow — tomb, belonging to the Neolithic period, located 2.5 km to the East of megalithic tombs and temples of Avebury, in Wiltshire, England. West Kenneth barrow, Dating back to approximately 3,600 BC, was discovered in the seventeenth century by John Aubrey.

Gigantea (Ggantija)

Fifth place in the list of the oldest buildings in the world is Ggantija — temple complex,located on the island of Gozo off the coast of Malta. Consists of two temples surrounded by a wall, the oldest of which, the South dates back to approximately 3600 BC.

NEP-of-Hawar (Knap of Howar)

NEP-of-Hawar — well-preserved structure of the Neolithic period, located on the island of Papa Westray in the Orkney archipelago in Northern Scotland. Radiocarbon analysis showed that these are some of the most well-preserved ancient stone houses in Northern Europe. Used approximately 3700-3100 years BC

Wayland’s smithy (Smithy Wayland’s)

Wayland’s smithy is an ancient barrow and tomb of the Neolithic period, discovered in 1920. Located near the Uffington white horse and Uffington castle in the village of Ashbury in the English County of Oxfordshire. The construction date back to around 3590 BC

The mound of Saint-Michel (Saint-Michel tumulus)

The mound of Saint-Michel — is the largest ancient burial mounds in continental Europe, located East of Carnac in Brittany, France. Consists of a mound of earth and stones with a length of 125 meters, a width of 50 meters and a height of 10 meters. According to radiocarbon Dating was built between 5000 and 3400 BC and served as a tomb for those of the ruling class.

Buganski necropolis (Tumulus of Bougon)

Buganski necropolis — a group of five burial mounds, located near the French town of La Motte-Saint Era in the Department of Poitou-Charentes. Their discovery in 1840 aroused great interest among historians. The oldest structure of this prehistoric monument date to 4800 BC

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