4.- Atxolin

4.- Atxolin
Only one slab from the original chamber is preserved, and the stone tumulus, made with local basalts, can be seen around it.


The tumulus has a diameter of 7 meters and a height of 0.8 meters, the slab is 1 x 0.6 wide.


It was discovered by J.M. Barandiaran in 1920, and excavated a year later by T. Aranzadi, E. Eguren and J.M. Barandiaran. Since then, no further research has been carried out. The study of the structure and some materials has been published in several research papers: Aranzadi, Barandiaran and Eguren (1922), J. M. Barandiaran (1953), J. Elósegui (1953), Archaeological Maps of Gipuzkoa (1982, 1990), J. M. Apellániz (1973).


No archaeological material was recovered during the excavation. During the 2017 excavation, a flint shard was found on the slope of Atxolin, about 30 meters from the dolmen.


Atxolin is a clear example of a territory developed since Neolithic times, since dolmens are built on locations with a clear view of the surrounding area. In this particular case, from the top of Atxolin, one can get a panoramic view of the whole area.

Neolithic-Bronze Age (4,000-1,500 B.C.)
Elgoibar - Soraluze

Near the peak of Atxolin, in a rock formation.