Dolmen des Baumes in the Ardeche

Dolmen des Baumes Foto: Marie-Lan Nguyen [CC BY 4.0 (]

This dolmen stands far away from the large groups of dolmens concentrated in the south of the Ardèche, the Lozère and the Aveyron. According to old stories about Saint Martin of Valamas, this is supposed to be the place where the saint died.  

The dolmen consists of three vertical slabs made of locally-sourced phonolite, standing upright and supporting a horizontal capstone. Around the dolmen is a mound, built of enormous blocks of granite.

Archaeological excavations in 1977 revealed that the dolmen had been used twice, once during the Iron Age and again later in the Gallo-Roman period.

Dolmen des Baumes Foto: Marie-Lan Nguyen [CC BY 4.0 (]

Finds during the excavation included fragments of large flat tiles and shards of pottery from the ​​ Gallo-Roman period.

Location: Dolmen des Beaumes, les Beaumes 07310 Borée France

Text                 Harrie Wolters

Translation     Alun Harvey


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