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Les Moitiers d'Allonne (Allee-Couverte) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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16th September 2008ce

Bois de la Plesse South (Allee-Couverte) — Fieldnotes

For directions and facilities, see Bois de la Plesse north.

This is the better preserved of the two allées here, but still has no capstones remaining. The side stones mark out a chamber about 7m long and 1m high. Its eastern end entrance has a row of 8 stones forming a facade reminiscent of the tomba di gigante on Sardinia.

The site was excavated in 1966/7.

The area around, and the field beyond, are littered with stones, maybe originally from this monument or its near neighbour.
sals Posted by sals
14th September 2008ce

Bois de la Plesse North (Allee-Couverte) — Fieldnotes

From the D903 less than 1km west of Lithaire, there's a road south, with a signpost advertising paintballing and other leisure pursuits; continue for 1km straight ahead, and you'll find a parking area to the left with map boards and a toilet block to the right.

Taking the track between these two, there's a kids playground and picnic area, and the path leads to the (filled in quarry) lake, with pedallos on it and some kind of shop/cafe (closed).

From here, it's a short but steep climb up woodland steps - so not suitable for the less mobile - and a right turn will lead you to the clearing with two allées couverte, this and Bois de la Plesse south.

About 500m in total, car park to site.

The information board mentions 3 allées, only two of which are visible here. The first, northern one, is quite ruinous, with 3 upright stones at its eastern end but other fallen ones showing the length of the chamber to have been about 9m.
sals Posted by sals
14th September 2008ce

Les Moitiers d'Allonne (Allee-Couverte) — Fieldnotes

At the northern end of the village of the same name is a signpost to this site; it's 3.4km to the field track, signposted all the way. It's then about 150m up the track and the monument can then be seen 50m away to the left, in the field.

Our first French allée couverte!

It's about 20m long, running north-south; there's an information board with a map of nearby sites on the western side but the east side is overgrown with brambles and the sweetcorn in the field was planted right up to its edge when we were there.

Excavations and restoration were carried out 1968-1971 and finds included pottery and flint tools.

There are 6 huge capstones in place, creating a corridor with a cross section of about 1.5m square.
sals Posted by sals
14th September 2008ce
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