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Le dolmen of la Prunarede, Saint-Maurice

Le dolmen of la Prunarede, Saint-Maurice
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-21
Categories: Nature, Architecture, Ruins
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSCHX100V
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vis valley and canyon, Causse du Larzac, Megaliths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-03-17 4:26
Viewed: 4609
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
August 21st, 2011
Saint-Maurice-Navacelles 340277 34520
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.846 3.518 580 m

The dolmen of la Prunarède, Saint-Maurice-Navacelles

One view.
Another view.

The Prunarède dolmen, is one of the finest megaliths of CAUSSE du LARZAC, 850 m from the old fortified farmhouse and barn of Prunarède, near the famous cirque de Navacelles, and near the VIS VALLEY, the territory of the commune of Saint-Maurice-Navacelles.

The vertical slabs define a chamber 1.8 m length for 1 m wide, covered with a slab of more than 8 tons. The dolmen was covered with a mound 12 meters in diameter.

The dolmens were prehistoric megalithic collective burials, used from end of the 5th millenium before J.-C. to the end of 3th millenium before J.C. in Europe, but also in other parts of the world, as in the Far East. They consisted of horizontal flagstones posed on vertical flagstones driven out of ground. They in the beginning were entirely covered by a tumulus makes stones and ground.

_ The CAUSSE of LARZAC is vastest and southernmost of "GRANDS CAUSSES", large causses. Its 1000 km ² of plateau rise from 600 to 900 meters. It is limited to the North-East by Dourbie river which separates it from "Causse Noir", in the North-West the Tarn river separates it from the plateau of Lévézou, in the west it stops with the depression of Roquefort. Its surface is strewn with famous sites with the military orders, Knights of the Order of the Temple and Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.

_ The GRANDS CAUSSES, in the south of the Massif Central, are delimited in north by the plateau of "Aubrac", in the east by the Cévennes, the south by the plain of the "lodévois", in the west by the plateau of "Lévézou". These are plateaus limestones whose altitude varies from 700 to 1250 meters of altitude, and of surface going up to 1000 km². The "Grands Causses" are formed by important "Causses of Larzac" (1000 km²), of "Sauveterre" (550 km²), "Méjean" (330 km²), and "Noir" (200 km²), but also of the causses "Comtal", "Rouge" and of "Sévérac", and many small peripheral causses like causses of "Mende", "Blandas", "Changefèges", "Bégon", etc… No waterway circulates on the surface of the plates, because the rainwater infiltrates in the karstic, generating networks of many swallow-holes and caves, to re-appear in the valleys. Geology of causses and the cévennes.

_ The VIS has its source in the mountains of the Aigoual, near Saint-Guiral Mount, under the pass of the "Homme Mort", in the municipality of Arrigas, in the Gard department. She disappears into the ground near the Larcy mill after crossing Alzon, while its flow reached 50 l/s. About 15 km later, she resurfaced in a resurgence in Vissec at "moulin de Lafoux" with a flow from 1200 to 2500 l/s. Its tributaries are mostly underground. The Vis constantly eroding the basement, causing landslides underground capable of interrupting its course of hours or days, as in 1779, 1890, 1927 and 1961. His exploration is difficult and dangerous in water at 11° and a very strong current. The Vis has a course in surface in impressive gorges up to 300 m deep dug in the limestone plateau, which the Causse du Larzac, crossing the imposing site of the Cirque de Navacelles. After crossing a watershed of 481 km², and a course of 57.8 km, it flows into the river Hérault in Ganges. The Vis description.

SAINT-MAURICE-NAVACELLES is a french commune, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 160 inhabitants in 2008, divided out of 68.6 km², that is to say 2.3 hab./km².

The municipality of Saint-Maurice-Navacelles, results from the fusion of the three communes Saint-Maurice, Navacelles et Madières.

More than 550 dolmens are known in the department of Herault, concentrates mainly on Causse of Larzac, in Minervois, the garrigues of the Peak Saint-Loup in the North of Montpellier.

One counts 50 000 dolmens in the world, including 20 000 in Europe.
Approximately 4500 dolmens are disseminated in 60 French departments, mainly in the areas Brittany, Poitou, Quercy, Languedoc.
The department of Aveyron, with 1000 dolmens, adds up more dolmens than all joined together Brittany.
One counts of them 600 to 800 in Quercy, 800 in Ardeche, 600 in Languedoc.
One also counts some in Ireland, in Wales, in the English counties of Devon and of Cornouailles, in Portugal, in Spain, in Belgium, in Germany of North, in Scandinavia, in North Africa, in India, in Syria, in Ethiopia and the Crimea.
Korea only conceals with it 30 000 dolmens, of various types, high on all front thousand-year-old Ier. J.-C., one also finds some more recent in Japan.
The dolmens miss continents American and Australian

My images of Saint-Maurice-Navacelles.
My images of Causse du larzac.
My images of the Vis Valley.
My megaliths photos.

Copyright © All rights reserved. The use or the reproduction, on any media, for profit or not profit, of my photographs, including my photographs published in workshop, the notes or the texts, is prohibited without my written authorization. Joel Berthonneau.

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Bonjour Joël,

Le dolmen est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise d evue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du dolmen. La bonne luminosité donne de belles teintes aux couleurs de l'image. Bon weekend.


Bonjour, cher Joël,
Le mystère des dolmens reste entier encore à nos jours !
Il n'en demeure pas moins, que nous restons émerveillés devant ces édifications de pierre pesant plusieurs tonnes.
L'image présentée est fort bien cadrée pour donner la mesure et l'importance de ces mégalithes.

Bonjour Joel

Cela prenait au moins deux hommes très fort pour lever cette pierre. A moins que la potion magique était disponible dans le petit village d'irréductibles gaulois tout près.



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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6092 W: 277 N: 11813] (91052)
  • [2012-03-17 5:44]

Bonjour Joel ,
Je trouve les monuments mégalithiques très difficiles à photographier . Peut être faut il des lumières moins fortes (matin ou soir) , et des ciels nuageux .
En tous cas , ici , tu t'en es sorti en composant très bien l'image , avec le pin mort , les blocs de rocher , les buissons .

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  • emilbo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2051 W: 498 N: 2162] (22616)
  • [2012-03-17 6:22]

Bonjour Joel,
Merveilleuse photo et je me demande comment la pierre a pu arriver sur le dessus. Une scène de toute beauté parfaitement composée avec une parfaite disposition des éléments. La qualité est là et l'harmonie de couleurs est superbe.
Toutes mes amitiés et bonne fin de semaine,

bonjour Joël
un dolmen que ton Bas POV met bien en valeur, le faisant ressortir sue le ciel, et j'aime beaucoup la végétation et la rocaille du site.Je trouve les couleurs très belles.

Hello Joel,
You capture this rocks of beautiful formation, which one of thyem is a huge mushroom wonderfully executed with perfect colors, sharpness, clarity, excellent POV and DOF as well. Like it a lot this amazingly beautiful composition and framework. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nice WE,

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14493 W: 1047 N: 29302] (138504)
  • [2012-03-17 9:25]

Bonjour, Joël

I have a couple of shots of dolmen I took in Korea although you had far better weather than me, with a wonderful blue sky. Nice sharpness & upward pov. Excellent shadow detail & graphism. Bon weekend!

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  • Zucca Gold Star Critiquer [C: 284 W: 2 N: 1] (8)
  • [2012-03-17 10:16]

Bonsoir Joël,

Ce dolmen semble tenir debout presque par miracle... La composition est bien équilibrée, avec l'arbre mort à droite et la maigre végétation qui parvient à résister à l'aridité de ces Causses !

Bonne soirée,


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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2012-03-17 11:56]

Hello Joel! Beautiful photo with many impressive elements!of dolmen Great composition and framing, excellent perspective! Wonderful light management, wonderful colours and clarity, impressive note!
Very beautiful place and photo, great POV, great framing and WSs
Best regards

Hello Joel,
Wonderful composition, impressive balance, excellent light management, beautiful colors, very good clarity and sharpness, TfS!
Have a nice Saturday evening, Vasilis.

Hi Joel,
a superb photo of this mysterious view and I like the composition and the attractive lights, beautiful shot, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!

Hello again my dear Joel

Great shot you have gotten!
Amazing secnery and good image of Summer from another unusal apparoch and angle. Nice framework and well composition as usual.
Thanks for your sharinig with finest posting and have a good Sunday!

Best regrads,

Takero from rainy Tokyo

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2012-03-17 18:26]

Hi Joel,

It's an interesting photograph, so it's impressive and mysterious to see the spectacle in which it has got in on the stone with a huge big stone. Did the old person shoulder and place artificially? Contrast with the surrounding small stone is impressive. Well composed and excellent tone/clarity!
Have a nice weekend!

Kind regards,

Hello Joel - A fascinating look at an ancient burial site and part of the time line of human history. One wonders about the people who constructed these tombs, what their beliefs were and how they lived. Your shot does justice to the dolmen as it looks well bedded into the surrounds. I love the inclusion of all the plant life. Warm regards rosemary

très beau dolmen. Sur ton post principal, on se demande comment la dalle supérieure peut tenir; on comprend mieux après avoir vu les autres images des WS. Ta photo est très réussie, bien composée en exploitant la végétation voisine.

Hello Joel,

Merci d'avoir mis la table et de l'avoir bien inscrite décalée dans ce bon cadrage où elle voisine avec ce superbe arbre mort.
Vrai que ce dolmen ne manque pas d'allure ni d'envergure dans cette région superbe.Même s'il peut sembler en frêle équilibre le plateau supérieur avec ses 8 tonnes ne risque pas de prendre la voie des airs!
Merci du partage et bien sûr de la note.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14081 W: 0 N: 16143] (171764)
  • [2012-03-18 2:11]


superbe captage et iamge superbe quel rocher comme un champignon superbe captage quel rendu et iamge quel architecture, grandisoe cpatage et compo.

Bravo et amitié


Bonjour Joel,

no se ven muchas imagenes de dolmenes por aqui, me gusta mucho la foto, siempre me han llamado la atencion este tipo de construcciones antiguas, bien visto,

Un saludo,


Hello Joël.
Great image of this unique landscape with beautiful rock as the center of attraction. Nicely exposed details in pleasing framing.

Some big giants lived there in the prehistoric era - so they had to sit for lunch somewhere...
Bonjour Joel,
This mighty Dolmen is outstanding in size, we have some of them in the north of Israel, but no one for sure know a fairly good explanation of their origion.
Fine shot from good POV.
Bonn Dimanche,

Ciao Joel, lovelycomposition with fantastic rocks, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15717 W: 159 N: 27499] (144212)
  • [2012-03-18 11:27]

Bonjour Joel
Belle présentation du Dolmen, par le bon choix du POV, la lumière et la végétation sauvage qui l'entoure sous une très belle lumière, intéressante images en WS
belle soirée

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2012-03-19 0:31]

Bonjour Joel,
unusual form of rocks here. View like stone mushroom. Good shot and presentation. I like the composition and complementary WS. Well note and done photo.
Have a nice day.

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2012-03-19 4:14]

Bonjour Joël,
malgré la force du soleil, les lumières sont parfaitement maitrisées, y compris les zones d'ombres pas trop sombres et les zones ensoleillées non brûlées.
De très jolies couleurs qui sentent vraiment le naturel.
Un phénomène curieux témoignant sans doute de l'ingéniosité de l'homme pour soulever des lourdes charges.
Mes amitiés.

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