The Fournes stone : mystical menhir or mediaeval marker?   2 comments

We’re still up on Le Causse de Siran – and could be here for quite a while yet . . .

It’s a big, heart-shaped expanse of featureless garrigue, ribbed with little gullies and sudden ravines – and at its widest it is three kilometers across. If the Peyro-Rousso dolmen marks its western border with the commune of La Livinière, then its eastern limit is marked by the two Fournes dolmens – and this standing stone. The boundary-line between Siran and Minerve to the east runs right through it.

It’s not very big or impressive – which may explain why it has gone unremarked.  The only place it appears is on Bruno Marc’s list of menhirs of Herault – where it is described as 1m. 35 long (about right) – but ‘couché’ : fallen over.

However – this stone does not look like it has recently been resurrected (extensive evidence of weathering and more importantly, lichens) : so one wonders where Marc got his information from. I suspect that part of his list for the Aude and Herault is based on Sicard’s 1929 Inventory.

Menhirs cause trouble. They may not mean to – but they do. Some are magnificent – and somewhat manly. Others are more modest. Some are carved and others are just lumps of rock. This one is on a border line and has an ‘orientation’ of North/South, while others seem to ‘point’ in random directions and are in the middle of nowhere. Some have neolithic artifacts around their bases – others are documented as mediaeval constructions.

And then there are the theories that would have these stones as geo-astrologic artifacts : coordinates for mapping the heavens or conduits for ley-line energies.

[Note: In the interests of balance and fairness – here is a link to a site that takes all that stuff very seriously, and a stage further. It’s a home-grown site that maps our region into a veritable spiders-web of energies. So you can all go out and put his exhaustive theories to the test. Please report back here the moment you feel more centred, or spiritual – or silly.]

I sometimes wish I had not stumbled across this one : there is just too little – or too much – to say on the matter of Lone Stones.

There is more (basic) information and a few more photos on the Fournes menhir Page – now to the left, on the new-look site. GPS coordinates will be available through SESA in Carcassonne, or from me.

Posted October 5, 2010 by MH in languedoc, megalith, megalithic, menhir, minervois

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2 responses to “The Fournes stone : mystical menhir or mediaeval marker?

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  1. Hi,

    I am writing after I read “menhirs cause trouble”. Why is that so? In the eye of geobiologists they are in the right place as much as an acupuncture needle is when needed. You’ll find rock faults, water, Hartmann and Curry grids, energy lines, that can be measured, etc. It is sad most people nowadays have no feeling anymore. Please note that not every standing stone is a menhir as such. You only need taking measurement to know.

    There is quite an exhaustive list of raised stones on



  2. Hello Olivier
    Many thanks for your comment.
    By ‘trouble’ I meant exactly what is happening now! Standing stones are even more enigmatic than dolmens. We know (at the very least) what dolmens were used for. But what dolmens meant for their own people is beyond our understanding.
    Menhirs are both more silent, and more talkative: they come in so many forms. You say they can be measured – and then say we have lost feeling for them: again two very diverse ways of comprehending what they might signify.

    I do not write to start conflict or controversy: I am just trying to locate (precisely, for the first time, with GPS) our oldest-known structures, before they are forgotten.

    I remain sceptical (that is, open-minded) about all theories.
    Amicablement, Richard

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