Dolmen de Bagneux

Saumur, France

The famous Dolmen in Bagneux is probably one of the most majestic French dolmens and the largest of the 4,500 dolmens spread out on about 60 French departments.The overall length of this dolmen is over 23 meters (75 feet) and its chamber is over 18 meters (60 feet) long. As all dolmens, the 'Great Covered stone" in Bagneux, was a large chamber tomb which must have contained a great number of prehistoric skeletons during the neolithic age, i.e.from 4,000 to 2,000 B.C., that is about 5,000 years ago. 

Only suppositions can be made on the way the dolmens were built.The flagstones must  have been raised several times with numerous levers while pebbles were slid underneath the stone.Once it was raised to a certain level, and lying on a heap of pebbles, it was easier to pull it further. Then, the same operation started all over again.



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The dolmens and other megaliths (pyramids, cromlechs, and others) were built for defense. Read more


Founded: 4000-2000 BC
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in France
Historical period: Prehistoric Age (France)


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Jim Schrempp (12 months ago)
The dolmen is inside a private yard, surrounded by a tall wall with spikes atop it. The signs said it would be open for visitors but when we arrived at 11:30, no one would answer the door; it appeared to be closed but no signage to that. If you’re REALLY into megaliths then this is worth a stop.
Bozica Katic (18 months ago)
Amazing place for visit, near Saumur France!
David Mcintosh (2 years ago)
Visited in June, the bar is closed (probably permanently) which is a shame… the bell goes unanswered, so you can not access the site, you can see it over the wall… but the effect takes away some of the shine.
Rob van Hees (3 years ago)
The majestic French dolmens, Dolmen de Bagneux, a megalith located in Saumur, France, are as impressive to us as they must have been in prehistoric times. Hidden in a private garden you never know they existed unless you go to the trouble of finding them.
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