Cubières dolmen, or l’Arco dal Pech   Leave a comment

Despite being marked on the IGN Carte Bleue, and on the local walking-trail map, this massive megalithic tomb has received very little attention since its initial ‘discovery’ by Mme. Marie Landriq, in the early 1920’s. No subsequent study has been made, nor does it appear in Bruno Marc’s guidebook to the dolmens of the Corbières.

It is imposing – but in the jumble of rocks that litter this exposed ridge, its dislocated form is difficult to capture :

Sicard measured it thus :

Support du fond 1 m 10 X 0 m 55.
Support Sud 1 m 25 X 1 m 80, ép. 0 m 18.
Support Nord 1 m 40 X 1 m 40, ép. 0 m 40.
Longeur approximative du monument 2 m 70.

The capstone is over two metres long. I took its orientation to be 200°, or S S-W.

It is not possible to measure its tumulus amid the litter of rocks.

In this dolmen M. et Mme Landriq, ‘grâce à leurs patientes et persévérantes fouilles’, found :
Des ossements humains calcinés ;
Une petite poterie brisée, de forme caractéristique se rapportant à l’époque néolithique, à fond arrondi et munie de trois anses en forme de cabochons ;
Deux silex bien retouchés : un grattoir et une lame recourbée ;
Deux pendeloques en test de coquillage (pédoncle) et plusieurs perles en test de cardium.

The flint tools, the pottery shards, and the necklaces and perles of cockleshell – all place this dolmen as late Neolithic/early Bronze age.
Dans une fouille sous un buis, tout près du dolmen Mme Landriq a recueilli 107 de ces mêmes perles en test de cardium.s

Posted August 24, 2010 by MH

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