Megaliths of Catalunya - Part 1
(Part 2 under construction)

I’m happy to show you some of the most fascinating photos of megaliths of Catalunya (Spain). There is no much stuff about these monuments all over the web, even the most books I have seen don’t mention this section of European megaliths much.
The material was sent me by
Lluisa Roqueta Tarrenchs from Girona, who took the photos and also wrote the excellent describtion. Many, many thanks to you, Lluisa...

Descending the heights of the East Pyrenees you enter very lovely plains between Girona and Figueres. There are two districts (comarcal) here, full of megalithic monuments: Alt Empordŕ and Baix Empordŕ. Between this two, in the small distric of Pla de L’Estany we find only one monument. There are also monuments near the mountains (Pyrenes).  As you will see, the oldest megaliths have been dated to 3500 BC.

ALT EMPORDŔ



Dolmen de Caneres. 3500 - 3200 BC. Known since 1894. Region L’Albera, placed in the town of Darnius.

 


Menhir dels Palaus. 3500 - 3200 BC, 3,20 m high. Region L’Albera, near Agullana.

 

Menhir del Roc del Frare. Region L’Albera, near Agullana. No more information.

 

 

Dolmen de la Barraca del Lladre. 2500 - 2200 BC. A lot of broken pottery were found. Region L’Albera, near Agullana.

 

 

Dolmen del Coll de Madŕs I. 2700 - 2200 BC. Published in 1980. Pottery, silex and fragments of bronce pottery from the late bronce periods were found. Region L’Albera, near La Jonquera.

 



Mas Baleta I. 2200 - 1800 BC. Region L’Albera, near La Jonquera.
 

 

Dolmen dels Estanys I. this dolmen and the next three megaliths stand in a very small area with 6 dolmens and 3 menhirs. Region L’Albera, near La Jonquera.

   

Dolmen dels Estanys II, Menhir dels Estanys I and II. Region L’Albera, near La Jonquera.

 

 

Menhir de la Murtra o Pedra Gentil. 3500 - 3000 BC. Th ehighest menhir in Girona: 3,45 m. The big one is on it’s original place, the small one was replaced. Region L’Albera, near Sant Climent Sascebes.

 



Menhir del Mas Roquer. 3000 BC., first documented in XVII Century, never dig. Region L’Albera, placed in Rabós.
 

 

Menhir del Quer Afumat. No information, Region L’Albera, placed in Campmany

 

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Dolmen de la Cabana Arqueta. 2700 - 2500 BC. Firts documented in 1110. In 1866 visited by a french investigator, later published in 1879. A silex knife, some pieces of mineral jewellery and a small piece of gold were found here. Region L’Albera, near Espolla.

 



Dolmen del Barranc, 3200 - 2700 BC. Known since 1881. Mineral jewellery, pottery 16 tubs of gold an dsilex were found. Region L’Albera, near Espolla.

 



Dolmen La Taula dels Lladres. 3200 - 3000 BC. Never dig scientifically. Region La Serra de Rodes, north face, near Selva de Mar.

 

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Dolmen Mores Altes I and the author of this section Ma
Lluisa Roqueta Tarrenchs.
The dolmen is known since the medieval period and was newly dated to 3200 - 2700 BC. Region La Serra de Rodes, north face, near Port de la Selva

 

 

This is Paradolmen La Pallera/Roca Galera. Known long time ago but never found in 1912, 1923, 1925 and 1950 researches, first published in 1988. Never dig. This one stands near the other dolmen known as La Pallera II, from which I show a picture (by Miquel Moreno) on the main »Spain« page. A paradolmen is a dolmen built by digging under an appropriated rock, so you alredy have one side of a dolmen, then you build the other side and cover the whole construction with a capstone. Sometimes the capstone itself is also a part of the natural rock. Region La Serra de Rodes, north face, near Port de la Selva

 

 

Dolmen La Vinya del rei. 3200 - 3000 BC. Known since XiX century but published in 1934. All this region La Serra de Rodes, south face, near Vilajuiga. From this dolmen a path up the mountains takes you first to Dolmen del Garolar (no pictures), than to next three dolmens.

 

  

Dolmen La Talaia (left) and Dolmen de les Ruines (right) (see above).

 

 

Dolmen de la Carena (see above).

 

 

Dolmen de Vinyes Mortes I. As you can see, the dolmen was recently rebuilt. Region La Serra de Rodes, south face, near Vilajuiga.

 

Dolmen de Vinyes Mortes II. See above.

 

 

Dolmen de la Barraca d’en Rabert. 3500 - 3200 BC. Known since 1932. Three axes and some pottery were found. In fact, it is in the middle of a private garden.

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