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|Description ||These photos were taken in 2007, in the garden of the owners. So it's a bit boring because you are in their propriety. I get there by the little path coming by la Chaudronniere.|
Site in Normandie:Calvados (14) France
| That's quite a garden feature!|
| Thanks for these pictures hrun95. Now I can see exactly where this dolmen is, it amazes me that I didn't see it during my 2007 visit. This is in the back garden between the house and what was then the maize field. I was clearly looking into this garden from just down the slope, to the left in this picture. |
In that garden I saw what I thought was a shed, with logs and other items stacked by it. Obviously, that was no shed, but the dolmen in disguise! I cannot think why I didn't look more carefully at the shed, or even take a picture looking in the back garden at the time, so I could re-assure myself now that I have not gone mad.
Maybe one for another time...
| Hello, I prepare notes in english about this dolmen (I've got them only in french). If you're interested I can send you a dozen of photos about this dolmen, each one is about 1 Mo. My adress: eh14.blp---orange.fr, tell me. I'm not sure the owners were happy to guess somebody (me) was in their garden. I came there from the bad track you photographed (near the maize field), a bit dirty and full of grass, brambles and nettles. You go about 200 meters and then go to your right, along the maize field. And indeed you come on this lawn.|
| Translated from french: The dolmen of Mont Savarin, or Mont Savary, is named la Loge aux Sarrazins. It is in granit. Its base is made of four supports but is put only on three. A fifth stone ahead of it shows that a hall was in this side. The four supports measuring 1m20 high are deeply pushed in the soil and make a square. The table measured primitively 3m30 but was mutilated about 1780. Nowadays, it's only 3m on 2m65 wide and about 0m70 thick. Inside, the raising of the monument from the soil is 2m. The inner of the room measures 1m80 on 1m30. It existed around, soush and west sides, some ditches covered with great trees, with big stones in the middle of them. They had been taken over about 1820, the ditches were filled up and the dolmen was mutilated anew. It was saved just beacause of the shelter it gaves to the shepherd of the farm when he kept his sheeps. However, to circulate more easily, this one took over anew one of the supports of the room. Not far, was discovered about 1810 a lot of objects in bronze (Source: Mémoire des Antiquaires de Normandie, 1831-1832, page 407).|
Le dolmen du Mont Savarin, ou Mont Savary, a pour nom la Loge aux Sarrazins. Il est en granit. Sa base se compose de quatre supports mais ne porte que sur trois. Une cinquième pierre située en avant indique qu'un vestibule se trouvait de ce côté. Les quatre supports mesurant 1m20 de hauteur sont profondément enfoncés dans le sol et forment un carré. La table mesurait primitivement 3m30 mais fut mutilée vers 1780. Aujourd'hui, elle n'a plus que 3m sur 2m65 de largeur et environ 0m70 d'épaisseur. A l'intérieur, l'élévation du monument à partir du sol est de 2m. L'intérieur de la chambre mesure 1m80 sur 1m30. Il existait autour, du côté sud et ouest, des fossés couverts de grands arbres, au milieu desquels gisaient de grosses pierres. On les enleva vers 1820, on combla les fossés et le dolmen fut encore mutilé. Il ne dut sa conservation qu'à cause de l'abri qu'il donnait au berger de la ferme lorsqu'il gardait ses moutons. Toutefois, pour circuler plus facilement, ce dernier enleva encore un des supports de la chambre. Non loin, on découvrit vers 1810 un lot d'objets en bronze (Source: Mémoire des Antiquaires de Normandie, 1831-1832, page 407).
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