Rec de la Quarentena II Cave-Dolmen

(2500 - 2000 BCE - Late Neolithic)

The cave-dolmen is a type of prehistoric tomb that takes advantage of a natural cavity of the rock in order to give it a funerary use. The cave is made up of the chamber of the megalith, which closes with dry stone walls, and is completed with a broker made with slabs of local stone that gives access. A mound in front give it the appearance of a dolmen.

It was discovered by Esteve Martínez and the Pàramo family during a trip in 1999. Subsequently it became known to the scientific community and in 2000 it was excavated and the passage, the mound and the front embankment were restored. The gneiss menhir, with an anthropomorphic appearance, which was found near the entrance and probably served to mark the grave, was also straightened.

The ceramics recovered from the interior of the cave provided documentation of the cave’s funerary beyond the Neolithic period. A fragment of a possible urn indicates the use of the megalith as a tomb during the late Bronze age (about 1000 BCE) and the medieval and modern ceramics might indicate a more recent use as a shelter for shepherds.