If I had followed Bruno’s directions carefully, we could have driven straight to it – or at least walked the kilometer of lane-way. Somehow I overshot the track he describes, and drove on around numerous tight bends until we found a parking spot on a sharp bend with a little bridge. Here was a footpath up the wooded valley to a meadow. All very delightful – but bearing no relationship to his directions, or my map . . . Relying on the compass though, we pressed on across this wonderful upland pasture – until someone spotted a rocky hillock with a ruined stone dwelling at the foot. And the farm-track we could have driven up . . .
The coordinates are: 2.34’31” E, 42.58’57” N or 2.575277, 42.982500 DD And on the IGN map, and GeoPortail.fr the ruins are shown just beneath the ‘La’ of La Pierre Droite.
Above are two views of one of the better-preserved dolmens. This and two others nearby are aligned N-S. The others are W-SW at about 240.
These two photos above are views of another N-S aligned tomb, located towards the bottom of the hillock, on a steep slope. They all are about three metres long, and have no ‘table’ remaining.
These two views above show one of the W-SW dolmens, closer to the summit.
Jessi – student of French & Politics, and now Dolmens.
The last of the N-S tombs, it’s only 60cm. wide by 3 m.
Peering around for the last two dolmens – which remained hidden. According to Bruno Marc, there is a ‘P’ shaped dolmen where the bones of 24 people were found – nine of them were aged 10 or older and only one of them being a male.
La Nécropole mégalithique de La Clape (Laroque-de-Fa, Aude) / Jean Guilaine ; avec la collab. de Henri Duday et Jean Lavergne . – Carcassonne : Laboratoire de préhistoire et de palethnologie , 1972. Etude anthropologique par Henri Duday / Etude odontologique par Jean Lavergne.
Early Purple orchids were scattered everywhere around La Clape – also some Sombre Bee orchids. Jonquils, miniature daffodils, hollow-stemmed asphodel, hellebore and ranunculus – all in abundance.
Note: I may be cartographically challenged, but I can do maths – I’ve shown only 4 of the 6 dolmens we found, because the other two were really only heaps of stones, amongst many other heaps. I hope to return soon – look for the others, and La Pierre Droite , plus the dolmen of Coume Jonquieres, nearby. Out-of-bounds, according to Bruno, and very difficult to find. I now have to persuade my ‘team’ to come and help me out again.