Espédaillac, Le Lot, France #2 8/13

September 2, 2013

The area around Espédaillac is known to have several Dolmen and Cazelles.

The Dolmen, also known as portal tomb or portal grave, is a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb or burial chamber, usually consisting of three or more upright stones supporting a large flat horizontal capstone (table). The oldest known Dolmen are in Western Europe and date to around 7000 years ago but it remains unclear when, why, and by whom they were made. More amazing is there is no reasonable guess of how they lifted the huge stones to their perch.

These beautiful dry stone huts called Cazelles served shepherds to protect them against weather. The unique design of the round ceilings is beautiful.

This large Dolmen was near Espédaillac.

This large Dolmen is located near Espédaillac.

This Dolmen is the most important in the area thought to be 4,000 years old. The table top weighs 40,000 lbs.

This Dolmen is the most important in the area thought to be 4,000 years old. The table top weighs 40,000 lbs.

Dolmen are thought to be tombs.

Dolmen are thought to be tombs.

This beautful Cazelle served shepherd from bad weather.

This beautful Cazelle protected shepherd from weather.

Cazelles are made with dry stacked rocks, quite an amazing architectual achievement.

Cazelles are made with dry stacked rocks. It’s quite an amazing architectural achievement.

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.