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Sites in France are listed in their départements which are roughly equivalent to English counties.

The only exception to this is the région of Brittany, which is subdivided into its départements of Côtes-d'Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan and Finistère.
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Possibly Neanderthal cave structures in the Pyrenees

300 meters from the surface, circles of broken-off stalagmites stacked against each other, dated at 176,000 years old. There's a nice 3-D rendering in Nature and a nice photo in The Atlantic.
UncleRob Posted by UncleRob
27th May 2016ce
Edited 27th May 2016ce

Messages from the stone age

Stone age "writing" found in French caves,
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527481.200-the-writing-on-the-cave-wall.html
postman Posted by postman
19th February 2010ce
Edited 19th February 2010ce

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In France, as in England, and indeed most countries [Stones] are usually connected in the popular belief with fairies or with demons - and in England, with Robin Hood. In France this latter personage is replaced by Gargantua, a name made generally celebrated by the extraordinary romance of Rabelais. A cromlech near the village of Toury, in Britany, is called Gargantua's stone; a not uncommon name for the single stone or menhir is palet de Gargantua (Gargantua's quoit).

A very common name for cromlechs among the peasantry of France is fairies' tables, or devils' tables, and in one or two instances they have obtained the name of Caesar's table; the covered alleys, or more complicated cromlechs, are similarly named fairies; grottos, or fairy rocks. The single stones are sometimes called fairies' or devils' seats.

The prohibition to worship stones occurring so frequently in the earlier Christian ecclesiastical laws and ordinances, relates no doubt to these druidical monuments, and was often the cause of their destruction. Traces of this worship still remain.

In some instances people passed through the druidical monuments for trial, or for purification, or as a mode of defensive charm. It is still a practice among the peasantry at Columbiers, in France, for young girls who want husbands, to climb upon the cromlech called the Pierre-levee, place there a piece of money, and then jump down. At Guerande, with the same object, they despose in the crevices of a Celtic monument bits of rose-coloured wool tied with tinsel. The women of Croisic dance round a menhir. It is the popular belief in Anjou that the fairies, as they decended the mountains spinning by the way, brought down the druidical stones in their aprons, and placed them as they are now found.
From Thomas Wright's 'The Celt, the Roman, and the Saxon', parts of which are reprinted in a review in The Gentleman's Magazine v.193 1852 Jul-Dec (p233).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th January 2008ce

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Sites in France are listed in their départements which are roughly equivalent to English counties.

The only exception to this is the région of Brittany, which is subdivided into its départements of Côtes-d'Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan and Finistère.
Jane Posted by Jane
21st August 2007ce
Edited 22nd August 2007ce

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Megalithes du Monde


Interesting site from France detailing all manor of ancient sites in France, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. (Clearly not a fan of the English).

English translation via Google.
Chance Posted by Chance
6th March 2011ce
Edited 6th March 2011ce

Orientations of 935 Dolmens of Southern France


Orientations of 935 Dolmens of Southern France by Y. Chevalier
From the Journal of History of Astronomy, Archaeoastronomy Supplement, Vol. 30, p.S47

A full referenced Journal Article is available to download in PDF format or you can view the pages online in gif format.
Chance Posted by Chance
12th June 2010ce

Dolmens lost and found


All things Stone, Copper or Bronze in Languedoc.

A personal blog by an Irish Englishman, living and working in the Corbieres - a member of S.E.S.A. [la Société d'Etudes Scientifiques de l'Aude.]
Posted by roc
13th December 2009ce
Edited 13th December 2009ce

Oppida - Celtic towns


Oppidum (plural oppida) was the name used by Caesar to describe the Celtic towns that he discovered during his conquest of Gaul.

In archaeology, the term is now used to describe all fortified Celtic sites covering a minimum area of 15ha and dating back to the second half of the 2nd and 1st centuries BC (the late La Tène period).

These towns were both economic and political centres. They are considered to be the first towns to the north of the Alps.

This website offers you the opportunity to find out more about each of the oppida via information sheets. For more information, click on an oppidum or go to the themed exhibitions…

For more on Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul in the Gallic Wars, 58 BC to 51 BC.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallic_War for more info on this period of European History
Chance Posted by Chance
15th May 2009ce
Edited 15th May 2009ce

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