14.- Kerexeta

14.- Kerexeta
In this case, as in many others, the original structure was looted and only the stone burial mound can be seen. The tumulus, in the center, contains a hole 0.5 m high. There are doubts as to whether it was a dolmen, since next to the hole a slab could be seen, perhaps that slab was from a destroyed chamber.


The burial mound has a diameter of 17 meters and a height of 0.30 m.


It was discovered by J.M. Barandiaran in 1920, and a year later he investigated it together with T. Aranzadi and E. Eguren. At the beginning of the investigation, the burial mound was 1.5 meters high and the slab was on one edge of the hole. At the end of the investigation it was found that the stone floor had holes. Other similar holes are also mentioned in other dolmens of Karakate, but it is not clear if these have been caused by looting work, or are part of the original structure. The structures and materials have been published in various research works: Aranzadi, Barandiaran and Eguren (1922), J. M. Barandiaran (1953), J. Elósegui (1953), Cartas arqueológicas de Gipuzkoa (1982, 1990), J. M. Apellániz (1973 ).


Only a few prehistoric materials were found: a sheet and a chip of spark stone. Along with these, modern materials: a piece of lead, slag, remains of fauna and pieces of crockery.


Aranzadi, Barandiaran and Eguren considered Kerexeta a dolmen. To them, it was a structure that had originally been a dolmen, which had later been looted and destroyed. Proof of this would be the modern materials and the bullets found, and as can be seen in the Archaeological Letter of 1982, the destruction of the monument has continued until recently.

Neolithic-Bronze Age (4,000-1,500 BC) MUNICIPALITY

On the Kerexeta pass, on the southern slope of Irukurutzeta.