Neolithic Sites in Western Europe
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Passage Tomb, Tumulus, at Dissignac, District of Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique, Brittany, France.

This is a view of the two entrances to the tumulus at Dissignac. The tumulus covers two dolmens, each of which has a corridor measuring 11 meters in length leading into a central chamber. The dolmens were constructed around 4,500 b.c.e. The orientation of the corridors is calculated to observe the rising sun during the winter solstice. The facade has slabs or kerbstones, and the entire tumulus is built up from drystone that gives it a tiered effect. Abundant pottery finds indicate that the site was in continuous use between 4,500 b.c.e and 2,500 b.c.e. The photo was taken in the midmorning of May 13, 2001.

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