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Inventory: 10118
Dolmen di Leucaspide (di San Giovanni)
Statte (TA)
Object Type: Dolmen
Staus: Present
Latitude: 40.55313
Longitude: 17.16772
Description: This second dolmen in the Statte area is about 3 Km from the first; it is situated almost on the west border of the Gravina di Leucaspide. It stands in an area with pine trees and Mediterranean scrub, on the top of a small hill. Its structure appears similar to the dolmen in the province of Bari; the capstone lies on a South facing vertical slab, on two vertical slabs on the North and a third smaller slab that closes its posterior part to the West. The cell opens to the East; it faces a dromos that is less visible than 15 years ago, when it measured 7m. At present we can see part of the orthostates that made the dromos. There are many black scabs. The structure is surrounded by natural vegetation but it is still visible. 
Condition: Worn
Dimension:
Direction: Apertura rivolta ad Est.
Historical Notes: It was dug in 1884 by professor Luigi Viola, but the news of its discovery was given in 1887 by a famous English traveller, Janet Ross, who called it ‘Tavola dei Paladini’ (Table of the Paladins) (from the popular legend according to which the paladins celebrated their victories against the Saracens around the dolmen); when she visited it she found a human jaw. It is also known as Dolmen di San Giovanni, from the masseria nearby.
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