Dolmens of Alvignac

Part of the commune of Alvignac lies on the arid limestone causse of Gramat with its oaks, juniper and small-leaved maples and part on the much more fertile well-drained soils known as the Limargue, with its tall trees and green fields.

The heritage of the area differs greatly according to this geological situation. All of the dolmens in Alvignac are situated on the causse. The dolmen builders chose locations with a stony surface and a ready supply of large stone slabs from which to construct their burial chambers. The abundant small stones on the land surface were used to construct the tumuli around the dolmens.

The necropolis is near the former French air force camp.

Abbé Lemozi explored the area in 1911 and wrote, "This necropolis comprises 20 to 25 tombs of three kinds - dolmens, tumuli and dolmens under tumuli." He describes the contents of one of the tumuli : "...measuring 30m in circumference and only 1m high. It contained five skeletons placed on top of each other, the highest only just covered with earth. The skeletons underneath had been buried in the late Bronze Age and there had been further burials during the Iron Age. This tomb, pillaged by local shepherds, still contained a broken vase, an iron ring and bronze tweezers."

 

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