Musee des Tumulus de Bougon, Bougon

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The Tumulus of Bougon or Necropolis of Bougon (French: "Tumulus de Bougon", "Nécropole de Bougon") is a group of five Neolithic barrows located in Bougon near La-Mothe-Saint-Héray, between Exoudon and Pamproux in Poitou-Charentes, France. Their discovery in 1840 raised great scientific interest. To protect the monuments, the site was acquired by the department of Deux-Sèvres in 1873. Excavations resumed in the late 1960s. The oldest structures of this prehistoric monument date to 4800 BC.
The site is located on a limestone plateau within a loop of the river Bougon. The area used to be known as "Les Chirons".
Tumulus AThe stepped mound, erected in the early 4th millennium BC, has a diameter of 42 m and a maximum height of 5 m. Its large rectangular chamber (7.8 x 5 m, 2.25 m high) lies south of its centre. It is connected by a non-centrally placed passage. There is evidence that the passage was still used by the 3rd millennium BC. The chamber's walls contain artificially shaped orthostats, the gaps were filled with dry stone walling. The chamber is covered by a capstone which weighs 90 tons. It is supported by two monolithic pillars, which also serve to subdivide the chamber.
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  • Quiet well maintained (outdoor) museum. Very interesting, a nice walk around ancient buildings. Parc and Museum are well maintained, audio tour with different languages is included in ticket prices... 
    Quiet well maintained (outdoor) museum. Very interesting, a nice walk around ancient buildings. Parc and Museum are well maintained, audio tour with different languages is included in ticket prices...  more »
  • My husband and I spent four hours at this incredible museum today. We live for half the year at an hour's drive south in the Charente Maritime but were not aware of this museum because of the cost of....  more
    My husband and I spent four hours at this incredible museum today. We live for half the year at an hour's drive south in the Charente Maritime but were not aware of this museum because of the cost of....  more »
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  • Very knowledgeable and friendly docent provided a detailed guided visit of the site. Strongly recommend adding the guided visit to your entry ticket. There was quite a heavy focus on the necropole, which meant however, that the group simply walked past the experimental archeology of habitation structures. The museum exhibits make a distinct effort to be visually appealing and informative with some interesting interactive elements (such as the interior of a Neolithic "home" and a replica of a Celtic stone passage construction with carves spiral decorations) although the collections are still presented as grids of small napped tools with little contextualization and the typeface throughout is quite small to read comfortably in the dimmer light--content provides a good overview of prehistoric material culture and there are several very informative and useful maps and illustrations. Gift/souvenir store was disappointing as other than a few oddly-sized postcards, there was nothing available with specific relevancy/identity with this site in particular. It would be nice if a site guide could be developed to collect and share some of what is featured in the guided tour and also be a souvenir strongly identified with this particular site, since it is a very special one!
  • Tucked away, but definitely worth seeking out if passing / in the area. There is a permanent exhibition in a separate modern building and then the tumulus a short walk away. The entrance fee was very reasonable and included an audio guide in various languages. There is a cafe, picnic area and free parking. You can easily spend 2-3 hours here if you want to learn more about the history or blast round in an hour if you had young kids or where just interested in the physical structures.

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