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

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 del barranc d'Espolla (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Old Keig (Stone Circle) — Images

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Dolmen Palet de Rolan (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

This dolmen and http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/18146/dolmen_roquetraoucade.html 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 Palet de Rolan (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Dolmen Roquetraoucade (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Dolmen de Puig Margall (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Dolmen d'Arreganyats (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

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 .

Dolmen d'Arreganyats (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Wormy Hillock (Henge) — Fieldnotes

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 .

Wormy Hillock (Henge) — Images

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Cloanlawers (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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

Discovered in 1947 . Only finds were small amount of ceramics .
90 metres from
http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/18047 /dolmen_de_vinyes_mortes_1.html
, horizon very similar , orientation of chambers differ by 60 degrees .

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

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Dolmen de Morelles (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

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 de Morelles (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Dolmen Estanys 2 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

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

Dolmen Estanys 2 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Dolmen Estanys 3 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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Mas Baleta (Cromlech (France and Brittany)) — Fieldnotes

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 .

Mas Baleta (Cromlech (France and Brittany)) — Images

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