Photographer's Note

February 24th, 2010
Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquire 340268 34700
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.700 3.417 152 m

Stone hut, Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquire

Interior. April 13th, 2008.

CAPITELLE of square form close to an olive-tree, in the guarrigue of Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquire

A "CAPITELLE", Clochn, is a kind of hut built out of dry stone, i.e. without mortar, and with the roof arched in corbelling. These construction are very widespread in the garrigues of Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, where they were used as shelter to the shepherds and to the vine growers.
According to the french areas, they are also named for example: caselle in Aveyron, cadole in Sane-et-Loire, cabote in Cte-d'Or, barraque in the Pyrnes-Orientales.

The "capitelles" of Lodvois, in the department of the hrault, have the red color of the common stones in the RUFFES.

In the reliefs white limestones of the department of Herault, the area of Lodvois and lake of Salagou clash, by the color of its RUFFES, grounds of a red often sinks with naked at the foot of the mountainous hills.
Apart from the almost deserted slopes, the ruffes are covered with a poor natural vegetation reduced to some trees, shrubs and waste lands, but also of cultivated vines, fields and grazing grounds.

_ The RUFFES, called pelites by the geologists are sedimentary rocks very friable whose origin goes up at the end of the primary era from 280 to 225 million years. Their red color is due to the presence of iron oxide. The builders of the past used the ruffes much to build there the capitelles ones, kind of stone huts, low and arched, which were used as shelters to the shepherds and to vine growers, and whom one still meets in the landscape. Vegetable cover is very poor, some trees and shrubs.

Geology of Herault

SAINT-JEAN-DE-LA-BLAQUIRE is a French commune, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 361 Blaquirois, distributed on 17 km, that is to say 21 hab./km.

The COGEMA exploited, during more than twenty years until 1997, on the ground of the commune of Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquire, (and of the common neighbors of Soumont, Bosc, Puech), a site naturally rich in uranium, from where it withdrew nearly 15 000 tons of this metal.

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