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Inventory: 10124
Dolmen di Corato (Chianca dei Paladini)
Corato (BA)
Object Type: Dolmen
Staus: Present
Latitude: 41.16888
Longitude: 16.46008
Description: The dolmen is hard to reach, because the area where it stands is surrounded by a large limestone quarry. At first the site was recovered and prepared for visitors; at the moment it appears abandoned. Today only the sepulchral cell can be seen of the original passage Dolmen. We have pieces of the passage in the part opposite the cell. Similar to the dolmens in Bisceglie, it seems to belong to the type built by the peoples who lived in the areas around the Lama di Santa Croce (about 1Km North). A round mound of stones, 0.90m tall, surrounds the cell. The internal surface of the cell shows signs of vandalism. The North Orthostate has a compact rock, whilst on the South Orthostate we can see layers of sedimentation of the stone, as well as flaking of the rock. The North facing surfaces of the megalithic structure show both organic and inorganic scaling.
Condition: Worn
Dimension: Dimensioni cella: altezza m 1.89; larghezza m 1.70. Ortostato Nord: altezza m 2.80; larghezza m 1.70; spessore m 0.37/0.42. Ortostato Sud: altezza m 2.62; larghezza m 1.70; spessore m 0.26/0.32. Ortostato Ovest: altezza m 1.89; larghezza m 1.70; spessore m 0.14/0.18. Lastra di copertura: m 1.70 x m 2.70 x m 0.36/0.40.
Direction: Apertura cella ad Est
Historical Notes: It was also known as Dolmen Colonnelle; it was discovered in 1913 by Gervasio, who described it as: ‘the best preserved dolmen’. At the time there were four large slabs perpendicular to the ground forming the corridor and two transversal slabs that divided it from the cell; the latter was made of three slabs, on which the very large capstone rested.  The discovery of a small ceramic cup allows us to date the monument to 16th/15th century B.C. In 1984 it underwent preservative interventions from the Archaeological Superintendence.  According to legend, it is the result of a competition among giants to build the grave for their leader.
Legal Condition: Subjected to restrictions. Law no 1089 of 01/06/1939. Ministry declaration of 10/09/1984.
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