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A ‘long cairn’ in Eastern Provence

  • W. J. Hemp

A recent visit to Eastern Provence gave an opportunity of visiting a group of chambered cairns which is of great interest, as it includes at least one of ‘long barrow ’ type, apparently the first example of such a monument to be recorded from S. France.

The group lies on the hill-side near St. Cézaire, about eight miles west of Grasse, overlooking a high plateau having an average level of about 1,500 ft. and commanding a very wide view, including the sea to the south with the whole range of the Montagnes des Maures, and stretching westward to the mountains at the back of Marseilles.

The long cairn known as the ‘Dolmen des Puades’ or ‘de la Lèque’ forms one of a group which is said to number over five-and-twenty, but time only allowed of inspection of three, two of which were round; all three, however, contained stone chambers approached by a passage which opened to the west.

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page 277 note 1 In the case of the chamber and passage of the Dolmen de Stramousse, however, a plan published by Goby, M. Paul in his ‘Coup d'œil d'ensemble sur le Préhistoire de l'arrondissement de Grasse’, Deuxième Congrès Préhistorique de France, Vannes, 1896, shows both ends of the passage as closed by walling (fig. 1 b redrawn here by his permission).

page 278 note 1 Goby, Paul: ‘Sur les Poteries Dolméniques de la Région de Grasse’, Deuxième Congrés Préhistorique de France, Vannes, 1906.

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