Characterization and provenance of the slabs of the Puigseslloses megalith, Barcelona, Spain

Enric Vicens, M. Eugenia Arribas, Xavier Clop, M. Rita Estrada, Eudald Maestro, Oriol Oms, David Serrat, Miquel Molist

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The Puigseslloses megalith tomb (Barcelona, Spain) is located on the summit of a hill in the Vic Plain where the sedimentary rocks that were used in its construction do not crop out. A sedi-mentological and petrological characterization of the monument's slabs and a multidisciplinary analysis of the outcropping materials in nearby areas has allowed the identification of three pos-sible source areas associated with the Paleogene Banyoles Marls Formation and the Folgueroles Sandstone Formation and allows us to propose possible routes by which the slabs were trans-ported from the catchment site to the place where the monument was built. In addition, the lithology and position of different slabs within the megalith denote the intention to separate the chamber from the corridor by using different types of slab. The position of the monument also reveals that tomb location was more of a priority than proximity to the slab sources. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-219
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010


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