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Dolmen del barranc d'Espolla (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

There are 10 dolmens in the hills surrounding Espolla . None are oriented towards any solstice event and 8 are oriented towards a part of the horizon where the sun will never be seen to rise or set . This is one of the eight .

Dolmen Palet de Rolan (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

This dolmen and are on the same hillside , less than 400m apart , much the same height and have very similar views . The orientation of each differs by 100 degrees .

Dolmen d'Arreganyats (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Discovered in 1881 .
A deposit of flint arrowheads was found in a small pit on the left hand side of the corridor . Other finds were remnants of a bronze awl and some pottery .
Fwiw declination of chamber is -29.8 , therefore close to major standstill .

Wormy Hillock (Henge)

Crap pic , but it does show the horizon before the trees blotted it out . Worth comparing with Thelonius' pic to see the changes 10 yrs approx can make .
This a one of the rare cases of a possible henge entrance orientation towards the winter solstice sun rise .

Dolmen de Vinyes Mortes 2 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Discovered in 1947 . Only finds were small amount of ceramics .
90 metres from /dolmen_de_vinyes_mortes_1.html
, horizon very similar , orientation of chambers differ by 60 degrees .

Dolmen de Morelles (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Discovered in the early 1970's. A Flint Knife and small amount of ceramics were found when excavated . Orientation of chamber and passage is 170 degrees and therefore not facing any solar or lunar set or rise .

Dolmen Estanys 2 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

Discovered in 1986 by Josep Tarrus and Miquel Cura . Finds were 170 pottery fragments ,some of which were decorated , a flint blade and fragment of granite millstone . At 278 degrees this is the most westerly oriented dolmen in the region

Mas Baleta (Cromlech (France and Brittany))

The site was cleared of gorse and shrubbery in 1986 and excavated and restored in 2005 -6 . Worth having a look at it on Google Earth to get a better idea of the aerial view . Even better , use the timeline to see what it looked like in 2004 .
Unlike all the dolmens in area ,most of which are oriented in the other direction i.e. easterly , the axis of the monument and entrance is close enough to be considered as oriented on the mid winter solstice sunset . It doesn’t “work” in the other direction i.e. to the mid summer solstice due to the height of the hills impacting on the resulting declination . The enclosures around the main monument had later Iron Age burials with the earlier monument providing Chalcolithic Bell Beaker ceramics from beneath the menhirs .

Dolmen de Vinyes Mortes 1 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

A Catalan Gallery dolmen . Very few finds from the chamber when excavated , a piece of flint and some undecorated ceramics . In common with the other dolmens in the area (approx 20 in the Serra Rodes )the chambers tends to follow the orientation of the ridge they are on , or perpendicular to the ridge , the latter tend to be lower down and not on the ridges . Most are aligned on a part of the horizon where the sun and moon are never seen to rise or set .

Pyrenees Orientale (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

The Pyrenees are the new Ben Lawers .
When I finally heard back from French archaeos about a load of unrecorded rock art I was asked to not mention the area or site .
Therefore the best I can do is list them under Pyrenees . That should be vague enough .

The Cochno Stone (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

No digging today , it wasn't raining , but did find a new previously unrecorded find nearby

Corrymuckloch (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

New find today from an area I know very well.
I think this has been moved from elsewhere .Possibly dug up in the Beauly -Denny hydro work that has been going on in the area and put somewhere "safe ".

Coire Thaochaidh (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

New find from yesterday .From a side glen of Glen Lyon .Considering it 's length and later historical period finds ,it has very little prehistoric discoveries .
A prominent rock spotted from above and some distance away proved to be worth investigating .Some of the exposed markings were difficult to capture but those that were under moss were in much better condition with pick marks still evident .

Dolmen Lamalou

The Lamalou dolmen is one of small group of very similar monuments on the Causse de l'Hortus .They all have square or trapezoidal chambers , an adjoining ante chamber ,which tends to be smaller ,a long passage , indented slabs at entrances , dry stone walling and large cairns . The orientations are similar ,between 246 -256 degrees but the declinations are all quite different with nothing astro or landscapewise in common .Despite the presence of small but prominent hills on their horizons e.g. Pic St Loup etc , they are avoided .

Cromlech de Lacam de Peyrarines (Cromlech (France and Brittany))

At over 625 m above sea level it’s much higher than any UK stone circle and has a diameter close to that of Brodgar ,only Avebury and Stanton Drew are greater in diameter . So not a bijou upland stone circle .
What looks like portal stones ,might be considered to be due to the gaps around them , but they are the only two stones that are actually closer to the central stone , so there is a case for them being seen as portals . The rest maintain quite a regular radius .
Worth mentioning a prominent rock to the south east , it’s framed by the portal stones but not in their frame when viewed from the central stone .Of the three options centre stone to rock , centre of portals to rock and centre stone through portal stones the first is close enough to be considered a winter solstice sunrise alignment .with the last a long way off .

Remain Rock (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

I’m not much of a fan of moderns imposing names on monuments or features , it detracts and only tells of the thinking of the namer . But this one is only one of many and probably won’t be visited too often . So a small dedication to a cause . When passing in the future it will either signify relief and the slaying of dragons or a sense of waste .I’m hoping and expecting the former .
The important stuff: 21 cups on the section in the pics , a couple of metres away are another 11 but they proved almost impossible to capture .
p.s. It was found on the day of the vote .

Black Burn (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Two new finds from yesterday taking the total; for this relatively small area to 35 .
One , the last three pics , looks like it may have a pyramidical 1-2-3 cups at it's " pointy bit " ,but there is another less obvious one just below the line of three .
Plus two pics of old finds that benefited from the good light .

Drumcharry (Cup Marked Stone)

Whilst going for better pics , of a find from a couple of years ago , found another unrecorded marked rock less than mile to the east . Unusually it had a dumb bell i.e. two cups joined by a groove .They tend to be found singly or in groups with other cups ,but this one only had another cup on the surface . Have compared it with a more typical example on the earlier find .

Braco (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

A new find from a couple of weeks ago .
Had to revisit to get a decent pic .
Not particularly ornate but a fair illustration of the impact of different lighting conditions .
The pic on the far right was from the dull day of the find .

Plos de Bafignac (Cup Marked Stone)

The Aude is not exactly famed for it’s rock art so on a visit to the Ventajous dolmen a few months ago ,I was more than pleasantly surprised to discover some .I I had noticed a rock among the trees that would have meant instant investigation in Blighty ,but not here , but I decided to have look anyway and couldn’t believe the result . Further searching in a sq Km of the dolmen resulted in four separate groups of marked rocks . Part of the explanation may be that the immediate area is not Limestone which covers most of the region .
Pics are not great water was in short supply and light in the trees was not ideal . The main distinguishing features were quite large cups often with connecting grooves and no rings .
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