"Morel dos Fados" Dolmen
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A dolmen is defined as "a structure usually regarded as a tomb, consisting of two or more large, upright stones set with a space between and capped by a horizontal stone".
The word dolmen comes from the Breton language: daul signifies table and moen means stone.
This etymology led some to believe that the dolmens were druidic altars built in open air. Most probably however the dolmens were Neolithic common funeral chambers - since usually many skeletons were discovered inside.
The "Morel dos Fados" dolmen - the dolmen of the "Fairies Hill" in Occitan language - is located on a little pine trees covered hill on the territory of Pépieux commune at the border between Aude and Hérault departments of southwest of France, some 36km (23mi) northwest of Carcassonne.
Having a length of 24 meters and a width of about 3 meters it is the largest Neolithic stone covered alley in the south of France. It was built around the year 3500BC by people belonging to Véraza culture.
As with many ancient structures only a head stone remains in place, as well as two portals built from two stone slabs each.
Looks like the fondation of a demolished house :-(