Dolmen de la Sulette in the Vendée, France

Dolmen de la Sulette in de Vendee

The dolmen de la Sulette can be found in Saint-Hilaire-la-Forêt in the Vendée, Western France, between Nantes and La Rochelle. There are a number of other interesting prehistoric monuments in the area, all dating from the Stone Age.

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This monument was first described in 1862 by Ferdinand Baudry. In the 1990’s it was thoroughly examined and excavated, taken apart and put together again by Robert Cadot, in order to strengthen it.

It is a small dolmen of the ‘Angevin’ type with a low trilithon (two uprights with one capstone) on the southeast side. The stones are sandstone, granite and limestone. 

Dolmen de la Sulette in the Vendee

During the excavations by Cadot between 1989 and 1991 no trace was found of a stone hill, which suggests that the dolmen was covered with earth. The stone walls filling the gap between the uprights in the chamber are the result of a decision which was not based on archaeological information. The same is true of the loose stones surrounding the monument.

Artefacts found here consist mainly of pottery shards. There are a number of other interesting dolmens in the area, such as  Pierres Folles du PlessisFrebouchere and la Cour du Breuil

Text                 Harrie Wolters

Translation     Alun Harvey


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