Dolmen at Meodon, a suburb of Paris.

Megaliths in the Paris Suburbs

Neolithic Burial Structures in the Paris Suburbs

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Paris is a modern metropolis, it has been "The City of Lights" for over a century, despite the flamboyant ignorance of Fox "News" viewers. However, there are neolithic sites in the Paris suburbs, just a short train away.

A short suburban train right to Meudon takes you to two megalithic sites. The first is a dolmen re-located and re-purposed as the family tomb of an archaeologist. That one is just a few hundred meters from the suburban train station.

The second is a sloppily reassembled passage grave now within the grounds of the official Paris municipal observatory.

Let's visit these! Start by taking the Métro to Gare Montparnasse.

Paris Métro entrance at Château d'Eau

France operates trains at a variety of scales. The world-famous Métropolitain serves Paris itself.

At the other end of the scale, the TGV or Train à Grande Vitesse is the original high-speed European inter-city train.

The RER or Réseau Express Régional is the regional train service.

What we need is the Transilien, the SNCF service for the Île-de-France and some surrounding areas. The Île-de-France includes Paris and its suburbs, so the Transilien is the Paris suburban and "exurban" commuter train service.

We want to take Transilien Line N from Gare Montparnasse just three stops to Meudon. The ticket will be just 2–3€ each way.

Transilien suburban train leaving Gare Montparnasse in Paris.

Exit the south side of the station, the cemetery is just east from there. Its entrance is on its south side, opposite the railway line.

The dolmen is in the southeast corner of the cemetery.

What a view! You're looking over a neolithic dolmen casually plunked down in a suburban Paris cemetery, with the Eiffel Tower and the Basilique de Sacré-Cœur up on Montmartre visible in the distance.

Dolmen in the cemetery at Meudon.

Let's walk around this...

There are eight uprights and two capstones, plus an added stone we will find to be of much more recent origin.

Three-quarter view of the dolmen in the cemetery at Meudon.

Peeping into the side, we see some recent Christian grave markings.

View into the dolmen in the cemetery at Meudon.

Walking back to the opening, we can see some definitely post-Neolithic inscriptions inside.

View into the opening of the dolmen in the cemetery at Meudon.

Jean-Baptiste Piketty was an archaeologist. born in 1827 and died in 1894. He had this dolmen disassembled and moved from Carnac, on the south shore of Brittany, to serve as his family's tomb in the Paris suburbs.

Modern grave marker in the dolmen in the cemetery at Meudon.
FAMILLE PIKETTY
Jean-Baptites PIKETTY, Archéologue
1827 – 1894
Octavie PIKETTY, née STUREL
1828 – 1898
Delphine GUÉRET née STUREL
1814 – 1902
Emile TATÉ
1856 – 1937
Marie Marguerite PIKETTY
née BOUTON
1863 – 1908
Marie TATÉ née PIKETTY
1859 – 1939
André Georges Henri PIKETTY
1885 – 1915
Isabelle TROUSSET
17-21 Août 1963
Charles PIKETTY
1856 – 1922
Claude TATÉ
1896 – 1966
Marice PIKETTY
1884 – 1942
Léontine TATÉ
1900 – 1988
René PIKETTY
1888 – 1965
Jean-Louis TROUSSET
1933 – 2011
Marguerite PIKETTY
1888 – 1971
Mme René PIKETTY
née Marguerite Gilquin
1897 – 2001

An oxidized copper plaque on one end of the modern headstone explains that this is the "Ker-Han" dolmen, previously of the commune of Saint-Philibert, near Karnac, in Britanny.

Small plaque in the dolmen in the cemetery at Meudon: 'Dolmen de Ker-Han / Cne de St Philibert / Pres Carnac / Morbihan'.
Dolmen in the cemetery at Meudon

The Meudon memorial works is just outside the cemetery wall. I think their work is limited to modern designs, with nothing neolithic in stock.

Monument dealer shop at Meudon

To the Second Megalith in Meudon

Exit the cemetery and make your way generally south. After a few blocks you reach the center of town. Continue to the southwest to climb a long hill.

Top of the hill at Meudon

You're headed to what's marked on maps as Parc de l'observatoire, or what appears to be the Fortress of the Telescopes, which I believe was on the Secret Treaties album.

Entering the fortress at the top of the hill at Meudon

There's a rather poorly reassembled neolithic passage grave in the northeast corner of this park.

Poorly reconstructed dolmen at Meudon
Poorly reconstructed dolmen at Meudon

This gets called the Pierre de Rabelais or the Stone of Rabelais.

Poorly reconstructed dolmen at Meudon

Francois Rabelais was Curate of Meudon from 1547 until his death in 1553.

However, this is another case of a neolithic monument being fancifully associated with a figure from three millennia later.

Poorly reconstructed dolmen at Meudon
Poorly reconstructed dolmen at Meudon
Poorly reconstructed dolmen at Meudon

There are some great views to the north over Paris.

View over Paris from Meudon

I happened to be there when a carnival was setting up.

Carnival setting up at Meudon

My observation:

In France: Carnival workers look like ordinary people you encounter on the street.

In the U.S.A.: It's the opposite.

Carnival setting up at Meudon
Carnival setting up at Meudon

The Paris Observatory is at the south end of the park and fortress complex.

Paris Observatory at Meudon.