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Les Beaumettes

Discover Les Beaumettes, discreet village in the Luberon, bordering the old Via Domitia and located below a small hill, where you can admire “Les Beaumes” natural cavities still inhabited.

The discreet

Facing the Luberon massif, on the edge of the old Via Domitia, the commune of Beaumettes is located below a small hill, where you can admire 'Les Beaumes'. These natural cavities, probably used as shelters or dwellings since the Neolithic period, have been transformed into cave houses still inhabited nowadays...

The ancient French designates by the words beaume or baumettes, derived from Latin balma, balmeta, the caves dug in the rock that overlook the village and gave it its name, whose spelling was for a long time Baumettes. It is in this form that it appears on ancient maps and works.

Natural cavities, even if they were somewhat forgotten at different times, will never be abandoned. Using these natural cavities, cave dwellings hosted the first human civilizations on the five continents.

It is an architecture closely linked to the breathing of the rock, its shape and its durability.

Troglodite habitat in the Beaumettes

In the centre of the village you will find a medieval chapel (1635) offered to the villagers by the Baron Autric De Ventimiglia, which serves as an exhibition room, and admire the superb géamel of the ox's eye. The church of the Annunciation, much more recent, dates from the 1870s.

Located in the middle of nature our village offers several small hiking trails and it is not necessary to be an emeritus walker to please you. You will be able to admire the many “restanques” or terraces that emerged throughout the 18th century and created horizontal levels to meet the growing need for cultivable land.

Located on the route of the road bike, it is ideally placed to offer you a stop under the arbors of its restaurants.

Always in search of authenticity and rich of its heritage, the festive committee cultivates traditions.

Many activities are offered but the main ones are the large attic void of August 15th, the Salon des Vins Nature at the end of July and the votive party at the end of September.

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Dolmen de l'Ubac: Neolithic funerary monument

A few kilometers, between Les Beaumettes and Goult, the Dolmen de l'Ubac was discovered in 1994 during a flood of the Calavon. The original site is located 500 m downstream of the site of its return, in a place very exposed to erosion.

The construction of the dolmen took place at the very beginning of the Final Neolithic, between 3300 and 2900 BC. During its use, which lasted up to 500 years, the sepulchral chamber was gradually filled with sediment infiltrating through the slabs. These inputs of land have fossilized four different periods of its occupation. This burial has welcomed about 50 deceased people of all ages and sex.

The relocation of the archaeological structures made it possible to preserve a rare heritage, which rebuilt 500 metres from the site of its discovery, respecting its proximity to the Calavon watercourse and its orientation.

The reconstruction of the Neolithic monument therefore required numbering, careful dismantling and faithful reassembly of its preserved structure stone by stone. To fully restore it, the complementary stones were extracted near the original site, as did our ancestors, using the local resource of the flush rocks, formed 20 million years ago under the seas.

With this development project, the stones, simple traces buried, have thus become witnesses of the development. a human activity, a site and its history.

Did you know that?

Via Domitia is an ancient Roman road, built from 118 BC to connect Italy to Spain by crossing Narbonnese Gaul.

First road built by the Romans in Gaul, it crosses the Alps, following the Durance Valley, runs along the Luberon from the north, crosses the Rhône to Beaucaire, passes through Nîmes and follows the coast of the Gulf of Lion to the Iberian Peninsula.

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